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Dead Texts Take Flight

August 18, 2010 by

The Mises Institute has made available many previously obscure or out-of-print books. Now students take for granted the living existence of these texts, and that is the highest compliment we could receive. FULL ARTICLE by Jeffrey Tucker

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Alvarus August 18, 2010 at 8:25 am

This is indeed true. Thanks to this publishing effort I found in a book called “The Political Economy of Juan de Mariana” an edition of his 1605 book on Money and Coinage: “De Mutatione Monetae” for which I’m preparing a spanish-latin edition (the original language of the book is latin so I’ll have to translate it myself) having the Austrians some of our roots in that book of the School of Salamanca!

Aubrey Herbert August 18, 2010 at 9:10 am

Natural Law, I love this place.

Dave Albin August 18, 2010 at 9:41 am

This is truly one of the greatest functions of Mises Institute. It is true that the ideas in these works would likely be rediscovered someday by someone else, but that future time can now be devoted to further scholarly work. Thus, saving these old classics is truly advancing society.

Mitche Leigh Hunt August 18, 2010 at 9:45 am

The republishing of these three important works is just another example of the brilliance of those of you who make the Mises Institute shine as the brightest light of sanity in this American-place that I believe has really lost its way. For me, anytime-access to the Mises Institute’s online daily postings, other online work and books, and published work offers me an unending, outstanding and practical array of moral and intellectual contact — yet, allows me, an ordinary person, to emulate what I learn in every encounter of my ordinary daily life.

David August 18, 2010 at 10:55 am

Thank You

Please accept my most sincere thanks for the work you at the Mises Institute perform.

I became interested in Austrian political economy after following Congressman Paul’s presidential campaign. I have since read several books by von Hayek, von Mises, Rothbard, De Soto, Hulsmann, etc. I have generally purchased the books that I read, but I have also printed some downloadable pdfs. Most importantly, I have printed chapters of particular books and given them to friends who ask questions about particular issues. In short, the Mises Institute has become an invaluable tool in my own education and in my efforts to educate other truth-seekers.

A final point: Advocates of strong idea restrictions (also called “intellectual property”) claim that publishing would be impossible without state-enforced monopoly licenses. My own interactions with the Mises Institute tend to undermine that conclusion: I have purchased hundreds of dollars of books from the Mises Institute, and I have given several copies of Hulsmann’s The Ethics of Money Production to friends and family as gifts. I may have never become familiar enough with the ideas to purchase those books were it not for the free exposure of the downloadable pdfs. More people become familiar with the ideas of leading thinkers in the Austrian tradition thanks to the downloadable pdfs. The Mises Institute will benefit financially from such a development, of course. More importantly, however, individual members of the Mises Institute will live in a more free and prosperous society.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Havvy August 18, 2010 at 11:35 am

I shall offer my gratitude for the service that Mises.org provides me and anybody who wishes to claim use to it.

In fact, this post has renewed my urge to type of a book known as “Rational Money” I found at a book sale. It might not have an Austrian bent, but it is still a nicely built book from 1898.

Jay Bird August 18, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Any chance that the Mises Institute could republish Christopher Weber’s book “Good as Gold”? It was the subject of an article by the same author yesterday on LRC. But it doesn’t appear to be available anywhere!

Dick Fox August 18, 2010 at 3:01 pm

In the last three years I have probably purchased 90% of my books from Mises.org. Thank you for providing such an invaluable resource.

Patrick Barron August 18, 2010 at 3:30 pm

All Mises.org recommendations are well worthwhile. I discuss ideas from Ropke’s “The German Question” quite often. Where else would one learn of these great titles if Mises did not exist?

Curt Howland August 18, 2010 at 4:59 pm

The copyright crowd has had 300 years, and the total power of the state behind them.

Let’s give complete freedom 300 years and see what happens.

It’s only fair.

Franklin August 18, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Is any more evidence needed? Is this not a 21st century monastery amidst 21st century monks, sustaining the free destiny of mankind, immortalizing the words of our predecessors, and in turn immortalizing itself?

Troy Camplin August 19, 2010 at 5:02 am

I have a book that may not be quite dead, but it’s certainly on life support: Diaphysics. It is a work of cosmological evolution that argues that freedom is inherent to the universe, and that with liberty, we will come closer to fitting into the way the universe works. If you’re into that sort of thing.

keijo August 20, 2010 at 6:51 am

You should publish “The National Profit” by Anders Chydenius. It contains very good arguments for a free market and against regulation especially considering the fact that it was published before The Wealth of Nations.

Peter Surda August 20, 2010 at 7:17 am

Would it be possible to publish also in epub format? I have trouble converting the OCR-ed PDFs because they contain images in the background. I’ve been trying to convert them for a while, unsuccessfully. Calibre can’t see the text, Stanza crashes.

Stephan Kinsella August 20, 2010 at 7:47 am

They do publish in epub, at least for new ones, but it’s expensive to convert old books to this format. So the progress will be slow. For now al ot of it will be in PDF. I agree Calibre and Stanza suck, but Im sure better readers and converts will be coming out over time.

Peter Surda August 24, 2010 at 9:31 am

I found a workaround, maybe it will help others. Tried it with two of the files mentioned in the story, I’ll use the New Deal one in the example.

- download the pdf
- use pdfimages (part of xpdf) to extract the images: pdfimages newdealoldrome.pdf newdeal
- use convert (part of imagemagick) to convert them to tiff: for i in newdeal-*.p?m;do convert $i ${i%%.p?m}.tif;done
- make sure the extension is tif and not tiff otherwise the next step won’t work (either use the .tif extension in the previous step or rename the files separately)
- use tesseract to OCR the images: for i in newdeal-*.tif;do tesseract $i ${i%%.tif};done
- merge the text files: cat newdeal-*txt > newdeal.txt

Now you have a big text file and that should be viewable with anything. Tried it with two of the documents mentioned in the story. OCR quality is surprisingly good, make sure you have the english dictionary for tesseract.

Cory Brickner August 23, 2010 at 2:14 pm

I cannot even express in words how happy I am that Mises.org even exists. I owe this organization more than I could ever donate with my meager monthly contributions. Between the articles, the books (both paper, electronic and audio), and the seminars, I have learned more about the mechanics of liberty and the economics that drive it in the past 2 years than I could have ever done in a lifetime without you around. I can’t be the only one and the leviathan state must be flailing around in fits because of it.

I can only hope that Mises continues to grow, and that more and more people continue to take the “red pill” because of it. This would be the greatest gift to our posterity.

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