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November 5, 2010 by

If you have experience with Wikipedia or wikis in general, you are welcome to join a new group that is developing a full-blown Mises Wiki for all things related to the Misesian universe. Sign up here.


magalhaes November 5, 2010 at 11:15 am

Why not use wikipedia? I don’t see the point in devoting time explaining things for those who already know it.

Jeffrey Tucker November 5, 2010 at 11:42 am

I suppose it’s a fair question. It’s a matter of focus. It is hard to make progress if there aren’t certain baseline assumption shared among those who are contributing. It’s the same reason we have an Austrian Scholars Conference or a Mises University or Mises.org, for that matter. Extending a paradigm requires that the fundamentals are in place and that’s what accounts for the manner in which Mises.org has become such a vast resource. If every article had to again explain why private property is necessary, for example, we couldn’t get very far. Austrians have made great contributions to wikipedia but also wasted vast amounts of time in edit wars, as any experienced wikipedian will tell you. In any case, just wait and see: this platform is going to be amazing in more ways that you can imagine.

Daniel Greinke November 5, 2010 at 6:48 pm

There might still be an issue with “edit wars,” even on LvMI. As I peruse Mises Daily articles, I am often astounded at the number of trolls who add insulting tags, particularly to pieces about labor and the environment. What will stop the trolls from simply editing Mises Wiki articles?

Peter November 6, 2010 at 7:38 am

That is a fair question as well. With a wiki, you will have a full record of who edited what where, with a long history of recent changes, not just a few comments that are quickly out of sight – and you can undo those changes. There are also other tools to deal with disruptive users if need be.

Jonathan M. F. Catalán November 6, 2010 at 12:48 pm


J. Murray November 5, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Wikipedia would only offer a very high level explanation of Austrian economics and would reject smaller pages to explain various aspects of the philosophy. By creating a Mises Wiki, the site would have stronger control over the content and not have to cede it over to whoever runs Wikipedia.

David S November 5, 2010 at 11:51 am


Possible compromise. Certainly this site could use a solid, easy to access “glossary” of a wiki nature. Once complete, go to Wikipedia to add it as a reference to all the current austrian related content. Not a quick task I know, but potentially a worthwhile effort.

I must agree with magalhaes that spending a lot of time “preaching to the choir” will be a waste of time if the information is not shared in some manner beyond the Mises walls. Maybe WikiMises could end up as a listing on Wikipedia?

Jonathan M. F. Catalán November 5, 2010 at 12:12 pm


It won’t be as much “preaching to choir”, as it will be a repository of knowledge (with varying degrees of complexity) for those interested. The content is bound to be “more Austrian” in the sense that we do not have to worry about Austrian-bias and neutrality, and the notability guidelines are far more flexible (for example, the article on “regime uncertainty” has been deleted countless times on Wikipedia [even though, ironically, it originated as a mainstream term]).

In any case, as Mr. Tucker notes above, the scope of the project — in terms of function — is wider than Wikipedia’s.

Just Isaac November 5, 2010 at 4:47 pm

I think this is a great idea. I don’t think it will merely be preaching to the choir. There are plenty of times when I wish there was an easily searchable index of Austrian concepts and arguments. A wiki is a great way to organize this.

João Paulo Magalhães November 5, 2010 at 9:16 pm

The arguments given in response to my intervention are very sensible indeed. If I had spent a moment or two more thinking about this enterprise, I would probably have seen them too. In fact, given the phenomenal amount of resources/media provided by LvMI’s webpage, it could be said it is a sort of Wikipedia on steroids about Austrian/liberal economics. So adding a wiki is a logical step, which will probably make accessing the information even more easy than it is now.

Either way, Wikipedia should be relied on as a primary source of knowledge about ACL economics.

Nicolas Martin November 17, 2010 at 2:14 pm

I like Wikis — though not Wikipedia — and I like empowered editors. Why not have both? Anyone can contribute, but a reliable godhead has the final say.

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