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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/14614/henry-hazlitt-and-the-rising-libertarian-generation/

Henry Hazlitt and the Rising Libertarian Generation

November 12, 2010 by

Part of the experience of reading Newsweek in the early 1960s was a weekly column called “Business Tides.” It offered wide-ranging and insightful commentary on just about anything that had anything to do with the economy or with economics. FULL ARTICLE by Jeff Riggenbach


Dimitri November 12, 2010 at 9:55 am

Does Mises Institute or anybody connected with it still seek funding from the Rockefeller Foundation?

Dave Albin November 12, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Economics in One Lesson really is one of the most influential books about economics ever written. Hazlitt had a true gift for writing.

R.P. McCosker November 12, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Dimitri wrote:

“Does Mises Institute or anybody connected with it still seek funding from the Rockefeller Foundation?”

I’m not with the Mises Institute, but the answer can only be: obviously not.

It was a different world back then. Imagine: Henry Hazlitt was a staff writer for _The Nation_ magazine, which hadn’t turned away from classical liberalism at that stage; and for _The New York Times_ and _Newsweek_, which hadn’t yet become the mainstays of power elite-driven Big Government that they became a generation later. Also, notice how willing was Yale University Press to publish Mises’s hardline laissez faire economics discourses. (By contrast, in the ’60s Yale Press deliberately very badly botched the revision of Mises’s _Human Action_ to kill sales of what had been Yale Press’s heretofore most lucrative title.)

Bruce Koerber November 12, 2010 at 3:55 pm

I enjoy all of the works of Hazlitt, especially “The Foundations of Morality.”

Abhinandan Mallick November 12, 2010 at 5:33 pm

A truly inspiring article Jeff. I think I’m only beginning to fathom what a giant Hazlitt was.

Richard Marmorstein November 13, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Just finished with doing 4 years of high school debate. It’s still for the most part like described in the article–I can really identify with having difficulty debating both sides of the resolution. Ever since I stumbled across Rothbard and Mises, I’ve never been able to put together a case on side of the resolution favoring intervention and not managed to see the gaping holes in my argument–but I always managed to argue it anyway because most of the debaters aren’t imaginative. Some things never change, I guess.

Great piece, really identified with it.

Jeff Breton November 14, 2010 at 10:48 pm

“we have managed to grow the libertarian movement into something much, much larger,……. and institutionally powerful …….. ” ?

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