As the Fall Semester has just ended, I wanted to take a minute to thank you for all that you’ve done to advance the cause of teaching, research, and public commentary in economics. I use Mises.org just about every day for all three.
I had an interesting experience earlier today when I tried to access the website for some reason or another and got a message reading “HTTP Error 503: The service is unavailable.” That caused me to think about what a massive blow it would be to the cause of freedom if Mises.org ever went down. One thing is certain: I would have to rework my plans for the “Classical & Marxian Political Economy” course I’m teaching this spring as I have selected a number of readings from the free resources that the Institute is able to make available. Also, I finished the first book I’ve read on my new iPad this afternoon. It was Ralph Raico’s Great Wars and Great Leaders: A Libertarian Rebuttal. It’s a book I might not have read if it hadn’t been available on Mises.org, and it is definitely going to change the way I teach my Economic History course.
You might also know that I make weekly contributions to Forbes.com here. I honed my craft writing Daily Articles for the Mises Institute, and I am pleased that I am still able to contribute to the Mises Blog a couple of times a week. Some of my articles have been translated into different languages, and some are appearing on the websites of various Mises Institutes that are springing up around the world. Several months ago, I learned that a working paper I had posted on Mises.org entitled “The Market’s Benevolent Tendencies”–which ultimately appeared as a chapter in an edited volume called Business and Religion: A Clash of Civilizations?–has been translated into Farsi.
So if you’re wondering whether you’re making a difference, the answer is “yes.” I hope that is evident in my teaching, research, and writing. There are many more professors like me, and our number grows each year. We are able to do what we do in no small part because of your support, and I just wanted to take a minute to offer my sincere gratitude.
Assistant Professor of Economics and Business
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