Reviews

Murray Rothbard Lecture Series: Introduction to Economics

March 4, 2014

For an excellent introductory course to economics, by the late great Murray Rothbard himself, recorded on a Toronto student’s tape recorder back in 1983, I thought I might put together the following list of resources. Alas, the sound quality is what you might expect, and there are one or two students in the room who […]

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A little light Nietzsche: Thus Spake Zarathustra

March 2, 2014

A superb quote from The New Idol, by Nietzsche: My highlights: Somewhere there are still peoples and herds, but not with us, my brethren: here there are states. A state? What is that? Well! open now your ears unto me, for now will I say unto you my word concerning the death of peoples. A […]

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Murray Rothbard: Ecclesiastical communism in late medieval Münster

March 1, 2014

You might be under the impression that communism sprang fully-formed from the brow of Karl Marx. However, Karl Marx himself was simply the product of a long line of apocalyptic millennial thought springing from the growth of state-worshipping protestantism from Martin Luther onwards, in central European culture. The only innovations of Marx were to take […]

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Movie Review: Gravity

March 1, 2014

As your movie reviewer possesses the rather quaint notion that his personal self-residual image looks identical to the leather-clad Keanu Reeves in the first Matrix movie, you might be reassured that he’s also long taken an interest in the acting career of Ms Sandra Bullock. This is particularly the case concerning the scene in ‘The Lake […]

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A Video Introduction to Austrian Economics

February 28, 2014

For those coming to to Austrian Economics for the first time, it can seem a daunting process. There are hundreds of books to choose from and many different strands of the tradition, mainly emanating from Menger, via Wieser through to Hayek and Kirzner, or via Böhm-Bawerk through to Mises and Rothbard, with much cross-fertilisation along […]

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Gene Callahan: Economics for Real People

February 27, 2014

While Economics in One Lesson is almost the definitive starting point for those new to the Austrian School, after you have finished reading it there still remain many mysterious doors in front of you in a maze of subjective choice, all of them tempting you towards the next port of call in your quest to […]

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German Movie Review: Beloved Berlin Wall

February 26, 2014

I watched a great movie on Singapore Airways. ‘Beloved Berlin Wall’ describes a love story between a West Berlin lady student and an East German border guard, just before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Yes, it’s in shot in the German language, but it’s still a great little comedy and well worth […]

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Early Speculative Bubbles and Increases in the Supply of Money

February 25, 2014

You know you have crossed into the Austrian light when you wake up one morning and everything has become clear. From that point forward, for the rest of your life, you realise that almost every societal problem you encounter, no matter how simple nor how complex, is usually something to do with involuntary coercion, threatened […]

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Tom Woods: Meltdown

February 24, 2014

Having already read What Has The Government Done To Our Money?, The Mystery of Banking, and Early Speculative Bubbles and Increases in the Supply of Money, the aspiring student of Austrian Economics will have a clear idea as to why the finances of the western world are in such a calamitous state. However, we now […]

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Hans-Hermann Hoppe: A Unified Theory of Everything

February 23, 2014

I possess three brain cells. One is concerned with food and beer, particularly Sam Adams light, the black stuff from Guinness, and any full strength export lager originating from Sweden. The second brain cell is concerned with personal visions of a possible future in a couple of thousand years. The third brain cell, God bless […]

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