I am currently in a reading group on the Leo Strauss book On Tyranny, which also features essays by Alexandre Kojève. We just wrapped our first online discussion of the book, and it inspired me to write this post.
One of my fondest memories as a student was attending more than a dozen invite-only seminars on economic and political theory, which ranged from an afternoon to a full week. These were times when I got to spend time with some of the smartest students and scholars from around the world, to spend hours and delving deep into specific books, articles, and other intricacies of thinking, writing, and debate.
Continue reading “The “Liberty Fund Rules” For Seminars and Discussions”
This week, Jordan Peterson released an interview titled, “Is Property Theft?”, with Austrian economist Robert Murphy. The conversation was fast and exciting, with a lot of references to books, articles, and other ideas from Austrian economics thrown in.
Since this is likely to be the first introduction to Austrian economics for many people, I am taking it upon myself to release a “study guide” of sorts for this interview. Here I will give citations, references, and other explanations for that may have gone by too quickly for the audience.
As a table of contents, I will use the time stamps from the original video as they appear on YouTube. Almost all of the links will take you to a free book, article, or lecture. That’s one of the great things about Austrian economics: there are a lot free learning resources.
A word of warning: the first few sections are much longer than others, as they provide a lot of necessary background information. Feel free to skim the information as needed on a first pass, and come back to it later for more details.
Continue reading “Study Guide to the Jordan Peterson – Robert Murphy Podcast”
It always struck me as strange that such a great and important thinker as Ludwig von Mises, whose last posthumous work was published in 2012, did not have a dedicated and comprehensive anthology. Since I personally have a significant interest in “what Mises said” on this or that topic, it also frustrated me that there was no simple online resource available where I could do this—despite so much of Mises’s works being available online.
Thus, I’ve used my time during the COVID-19 lockdown to create this compendium: over 8600 pages, 36 separate volumes, 200 megabytes.
Find it under the Free eBooks section of this website, or simply click here. This version was last updated May 12th, 2020.
The list of titles of the collected works include:
Pages of the PDF
A Critique of Interventionism
Economic Freedom and Intervention
Economic Policy: Thoughts for Today and Tomorrow
Human Action (Scholar’s Edition)
Interventionism: An Economic Analysis
Liberty and Property
Money, Method, and the Market Process
Nation, State, and Economy
Notes and Recollections, with the Historical Setting of the Austrian School
Planning for Freedom (and other essays)
Profit and Loss
Selected Works Vol I
Selected Works Vol II
Selected Works Vol III
Socialism: An Economic Analysis
The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality
The Clash of Group Interest and Other Essays
The Free Market and Its Enemies
The Theory of Money and Credit
The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science
On the Manipulation of Money and Credit
The “Austrian” Theory of the Trade Cycle
Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth
Money and Inflation
Epistemological Problems of Economics
Entries for the Encyclopedia Britannica
Theory and History
Human Action (Liberty Fund Edition, volumes 1-3)
A Critique of Bohm-Bawerk’s Reasoning
Glossary (“Mises Made Easier”)
Imagine if all your favourite economists were also bodybuilders, power lifters, or just generally into fitness. What would their names be?
John Maynard Gains (famous for his Gainsian Crossfit)
Ludwig von Mirin
Adam “invisible gains” Smith Machine
With all the hype about the new Star Wars movie, I’ve been becoming more interested in the franchise. Specifically, I’ve become more interested in the concept of the Force.
According to Wikipedia, the Force ” is a binding, metaphysical, and ubiquitous power in the fictional universe of the Star Wars galaxy created by George Lucas…. can enhance natural, physical, and mental abilities, including strength (such as during a “Force jump” or to slow a fall from an otherwise dangerous height) and accuracy… other Force powers are demonstrated in the film series including telekinesis, telepathy,levitation, deep hypnosis, enhanced empathy, reflexes, precognition, and enhanced speed.”
So the Force isn’t just the ability to control objects at a distance, it’s something that seems to permeate the entire being of a person possessed with it, including their emotions. Sounds pretty mysterious, right? It’s almost like magic. At least, I always thought so. And others in the Star Wars Universe seem to think so as well.
But what if there was a non-mysterious, rational, and physical explanation for the Force, as opposed to mysterious metaphysical magic? Continue reading “Gravity, Alternative Physics, and the Force in Star Wars”