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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Murray Rothbard: The Mystery of Banking

February 23, 2014






If What Has The Government Done To Our Money? is an hors d’oeuvre, then The Mystery of Banking is the main appetiser in our quest to understand how the current financial global crisis arose. Far meatier than its predecessor, The Mystery of Banking paints the Mona Lisa’s face, where the earlier book simply sketches out […]




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And Then There Were Three: How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes

February 22, 2014






Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, and prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone. Because there used to be just one standard economics primer that the aspiring Austrian student could get started with: Economics in One Lesson However, this may have been joined by a second junior partner: How an Economy […]




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