A Biography of Henry Hazlitt

Henry Stuart Hazlitt was not trained as an economist, but his 1946 book, Economics in One Lesson, taught millions of people that putting government in charge of economic life has some serious negative consequences. College students across America used it then, as now, to learn the dynamics of sensible economic behavior. Hazlitt wrote the book to […]

How Murray Rothbard Changed my Mind on War

The Jerry Pogue Lecture, presented at the 2012 Mises Institute Supporters Summit: “The Truth About War: A Revisionist Approach”. Recorded at Callaway Gardens, Georgia, on 26 October 2012.   More from Tom Woods The Non-Aggression Principle, Secession, & Nullification How Government Bamboozles the Public on Foreign Policy Agorism, Economics, and U.S. History A Biography of Thomas E. Woods Jr. Betrayal […]

Society Without a State

In attempting to outline how a “society without a state” – that is, an anarchist society – might function successfully, I would first like to defuse two common but mistaken criticisms of this approach. First, is the argument that in providing for such defense or protection services as courts, police, or even law itself, I […]

For a New Liberty, The Libertarian Manifesto

INTRODUCTION There are many varieties of libertarianism alive in the world today, but Rothbardianism remains the center of its intellectual gravity, its primary muse and conscience, its strategic and moral core, and the focal point of debate even when its name is not acknowledged. The reason is that Murray Rothbard was the creator of modern libertarianism, a political-ideological system that […]

A Biography of Murray Rothbard

Dr. Murray N. Rothbard was an economist, historian, political theorist and from time to time a political activist. Dr. Rothbard spent most of his lifetime within a subway ride from his boyhood home in the Bronx, but as an intellectual traveler he seldom rested for long. In all matters Rothbard went where logic led, sometimes […]

A Biography of Ludwig von Mises

A leading free-market Austrian economist, Ludwig von Mises was a pre-eminent developer of free-market analysis. In his most influential work, Human Action, Ludwig von Mises explored the meaning and workings of freedom. From his pondering on business cycles,marginal utility, free-market competition and enlightened self-interest, Mises concluded that a society functions best when government does little. Ludwig von Mises […]