Forwarded from David Carroll

Jim Farmelant farmelantj at juno.com
Sat Mar 22 14:18:11 MST 2003


A useful page with links to resources concerning
Ludwig von Mises can be found at
http://cepa.newschool.edu/het/profiles/mises.htm

Ludwig von Mises was one of the leading economists
of the Austrian school (along with the better known
F.A. Hayek).  He was a staunch defender of
free market capitalism, and one of the early participants
in the socialist calculation debate in which he made
the argument that a planned socialist economy could
not even in principle allocate resources rationally.

He was also noted for his anti-empiricism and
anti-positivism, which is curious, considering
that his younger brother, the mathematician and
philosopher, Richard von Mises, was a logical positivist,
and a leading figure of the Vienna Circle (Richard does seemed
to have shared the same basic political outlook of
his brother).

Jim F.

On Sat, 22 Mar 2003 14:50:15 -0500 Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> writes:
> Hey, I'm a quiet long-time subscriber, but I had something
> interesting I
> want to share. I teach composition classes at a university in San
> Diego, and the current course is on globalization. The materials
> they
> read come from a variety of perspectives, although there is an
> emphasis
> on a left critique of neoliberal economic policy. They read the
> materials and then write argumentative papers dealing with the
> issues.
> It's a very successful class, and I get great papers from people who
> never once thought about sweatshops or water privatization.
> Well, one of the students I had this quarter is a young libertarian
> type
> I generally don't encounter in teaching. He is a free marketer, and
> and
> more ideologically set--in a theoretical fashion--than most young
> people
> I teach. He is a big fan and frequent quoter in his writing of
> Ludwig
> von Mises, an Austrian economist whose major work is Human Action.
> There is a website devoted to this guy, and his free market
> classical
> liberal economic theory. It's rather interesting, it appears to me
> like
> the infatuation of adolescents with Ayn Rand. So I did some internet
> research on this character, where I discovered things that gave
> context
> to comments made by my student--his anti-empiricist critique, and
> some
> other things. Has anyone on the marxism list ever read this guy, or
> encountered big fans? I find this worship on the web for Mises
> fascinating, it almost looks like the mirror image of the reverence
> held
> for Marx, although perhaps for selfish reasons I see believe it is
> different. I remember an earlier discussion on the list regarding
> skeptics and the Reason school, it seems related to Mises.
>
> --
> Dave Carroll
>

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