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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/14911/its-time-for-this-great-book-to-reach-the-masses/

It’s time for this great book to reach the masses

December 6, 2010 by

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Seattle December 6, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Ooh, fitting cover.

William P December 6, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I’m a bit too young to remember this first hand, but didn’t Reagan often chastise his political opponents for referring to the “working class” or “the masses.”

It seems to me intelligent for liberty-minded activists not to demean (even appear to demean) the “masses” in a democracy. Much more effective to say, “the people” or something like that. Mises often referred to the masses (no?), but I’m thinking this is because he was a European aristocrat.

Always good to speak to people as if you’re one of them. It builds trust.

Jesse Forgione December 6, 2010 at 2:38 pm

“The masses” isn’t offensive because no one believes he is among them. Everyone agrees that most people are quite stupid.

Bob T December 6, 2010 at 3:30 pm

I think it depends on the image that the word conjures up inside of you. For me, “the people” sounds more personal and individualistic, while “the masses” sounds more general and collectivist. I know that’s not intended, but I do understand the thought presented.

Jeffrey Tucker December 6, 2010 at 1:52 pm

hmmm, I sort of like the word “masses” but that’s just me.

William P December 6, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Don’t get me too wrong here… I’m not saying we’re all capable of understanding abstract arguments. That certainly isn’t true (and if one thinks otherwise I’d be interested to see where this person spends his days). Most people have talents and gifts they can employ, but it seems relatively few really get, or even care for, the big picture. Do you think “the masses” will even appreciate the argument? I have my doubts.

I was simply (and somewhat cynically) asserting my belief that, in democracy, you need to appeal to as many as possible. And to speak in exclusionary language of an elitist is therefore counterproductive.

Jim December 6, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Just my two cents on the “masses appreciating the argument” part, I don’t think anything in that book is beyond most people, at least for a basic understanding of money. I always figure that if ordinary people are able to understand football in incredibly intricate detail, and its bewildering variety of rules/tactics/players/teams/injuries/drafts/free agency/schedules/stats/records/history etc, they can understand anything. It’s just a matter of relevance, experience, and exposure. Of course, in a more sensible, less governmentish world, people most certainly should be more concerned with sports scores than Fed policy or fractional reserve banking, etc. It’s probably a better use of time. But I guess we don’t live there.

David Bowman December 6, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Jeffrey, I like huddled masses even better!

Jesse Forgione December 7, 2010 at 12:03 pm

What about unwashed masses?

Tyrone Dell December 6, 2010 at 2:03 pm

The only problem I have with it is the title. What a horrible title for such an insightful book.

Jim December 6, 2010 at 2:34 pm

I’ve always liked the title. It’s not sensational, and it says exactly what the book is. Besides, who needs another doomday type title on their bookshelf?

NATIONAL DOOM: HOW AMERICA IS TOTALLY SCREWED by Murray Rothbard. Hmm. Just doesn’t quite seem to fit.

Silas Barta December 6, 2010 at 3:37 pm

LOL: “It’s time for this great book to reach the masses” … followed by the lack of a link to the free e-version and a post deriding intellectual property.

Only on Mises.org…

Beefcake the Mighty December 6, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Silas, suck my motherfucking dick.

BuckeyeChuck December 6, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Do you realize how this type of response makes it difficult for me to let my children read this site?

Beefcake the Mighty December 6, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Well, your children shouldn’t be exposed to Silas’ rubbish anyway. They might pick up bad habits.

Tyrone Dell December 6, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Welcome to the Internet. You must be new here.

BuckeyeChuck December 7, 2010 at 2:40 pm

I’m not new to the internet, but the kids are. (Isn’t this obvious?) I’d like to think that this site could attain the highest standards for civility in discourse, regardless of how spirited. Perhaps I expect too much, even from ideological compatriots.

Beefcake’s comment is the stylistic equivalent of a wife beater and baggy shorts to Jeffrey Tucker’s suit and tie. You are free to wear whatever you want, but you aren’t free from the character judgements made by those who observe you.

hazeleyes December 7, 2010 at 11:20 am

The comments need an “ignore” button.

mpolzkill December 6, 2010 at 3:48 pm
Seattle December 6, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Mr. Tucker never links to the free version in the release announcements (though if he started it would save me a few clicks), and this book has been in the literature archives practically forever.

jeffrey December 6, 2010 at 10:37 pm

yeah, well, the post is about our new book, for goodness sake. We have plenty of posts about ebooks too. Good grief, you just can’t please this Silas guy, who doesn’t even believe we should be making free books available. These IP people: nuts you can’t crack.

Silas Barta December 7, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Why do you think I don’t believe you should be making free ebooks available? Belief in right X does not imply belief that you should never waive right X.

hazeleyes December 7, 2010 at 11:17 am

Spoken like a true libertarian!

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