Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A little Mises

Of all the major free-market advocates, Mises is in my top five. Despite some rather blatant philosophical errors, he was able to articulate the justification for free-markets better then any other major voice (Freidman and Hayek included.) He also pointed out the various inconsistencies and contradictions within the anti-Capitalist mentalities:

NOTHING is more unpopular today than the free market economy, i.e., capitalism. Everything that is considered unsatisfactory in present-day conditions is charged to capitalism. The atheists make capitalism responsible for the survival of Christianity. But the papal encyclicals blame capitalism for the spread of irreligion and the sins of our contemporaries, and the Protestant churches and sects are no less vigorous in their indictment of capitalist greed. Friends of peace consider our wars as an offshoot of capitalist imperialism. But the adamant nationalist warmongers of Germany and Italy indicted capitalism for its "bourgeois" pacifism, contrary to human nature and to the inescapable laws of history. Sermonizers accuse capitalism of disrupting the family and fostering licentiousness. But the "progressives" blame capitalism for the preservation of allegedly outdated rules of sexual restraint. Almost all men agree that poverty
is an outcome of capitalism. On the other hand many deplore the fact that capitalism, in catering lavishly to the wishes of people intent upon getting more amenities and a better living, promotes a crass materialism. These contradictory accusations of capitalism cancel one another. But the fact remains that there are few people left who would not condemn capitalism

The articles below are not new, and in fact are somewhat dated, but still incredibly relevant for today’s generation. I just thank for publishing them:

Planned Chaos: Introduction (Part 1 of 11)

Planned Chaos: The Failure of Interventionism (Part 2 of 11)

Planned Chaos: The Dictatorial, Anti-Democratic and Socialist Character of Interventionism (Part 3 of 11)

Planned Chaos: Socialism and Communism (Part 4 of 11)

Planned Chaos: Russia's Aggressiveness (Part 5 of 11)

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