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Ludwig von Mises and Batman

February 10, 2005 by

The famed 1998 comic is now online:


Mateusz Machaj February 10, 2005 at 8:06 am

What I like most is this: “Everyone has a right to their own thoughts and ACTIONS. Von Mises is no
exception”. Not only thoughts (“personal freedom”) but also ACTIONS (true freedom). It’s unusual for popular stuff to emphasize freedom to act. I think that Batman should pay a visit at UNLV.

Sebastian Weil February 10, 2005 at 8:44 am

I only get this message when trying to access the comic: Missing Page: http://mises.org/404.aspx?404;http://mises.org:80/batman.html

Chris Pruden February 10, 2005 at 8:52 am

Try it now

Sebastian Weil February 10, 2005 at 9:00 am

It now works perfectly.

David Heinrich February 10, 2005 at 9:21 am

Hmm, I’ve never read a comic strip, but I might give this one a read. Is this really written by the same people who wrote the other Batman comic-books?

plowman February 10, 2005 at 11:25 am

Dear Mateusz,

I’m fine with your sentiment above, but I think you’ve got the two mixed up. It’s important to keep in mind that even if someone takes away your freedom of action (personal freedom), they can never take away your freedom of thought (true freedom). It is the ladder from which freedom of action springs.

mike February 10, 2005 at 11:36 am

Great post! Bizarre, but great.

David Heinrich February 10, 2005 at 12:11 pm


Ever read 1984? It may be difficult to take away freedom of thought, but it is not impossible. Limiting the language, limiting the range of human experience, creating “no-think zones” i.e. political correctness, reduces a person’s ability to think.

Orwell recognized this splendedly in 1984 and in Politics and the English Language.

Daniel J. D'Amico February 10, 2005 at 12:16 pm

Next we need someone to substantiate Roderick Long’s claim that Scrooge McDuck’s brother is based upon Ludvig von Mises: Ludvig von Drake from Vienna: see http://stp.ling.uu.se/~starback/dcml/chars/ludwig.html.

Bill K. February 10, 2005 at 12:23 pm

If you read “The Dark Knight Returns” it is clear Batman is an interventionist neocon.

I was shocked to read your praise of him on this blog. Shame on you!

Michael A Clem February 10, 2005 at 12:55 pm

For those of you who aren’t familiar with comic books, The Batman has been around since 1938, and very many different writers and artists have “done” Batman. Over the years, Batman has rarely been political, although there have been some exceptions. Except for the basic vigilante aspect, there’s nothing particularly political about the basic character. The fact that Bruce Wayne inherited wealth and runs a major corporation has, strangely enough, never been a major factor in most stories.

Tim Pope’s story of Batman and Mises is an “Elseworlds” story, a variation of the basic mythos, like a “what if” story. I didn’t think I’d like Pope’s artwork, but it actually conveyed the feel of Nazi Germany quite well, in my opinion. And of course, seeing an actual libertarian reference in a comic was great!

Charles Hueter February 10, 2005 at 2:12 pm

Batman disables the criminals he meets so the city police can pick them up later. Without his involvement, it is likely the criminals would have gotten away with their crime or at least succeeded in violating more rights before being apprehended. Bruce Wayne was motivated to become Batman because he saw injustice in the world that was not being dealt with, so he took it upon himself to right those wrongs. He provides a powerful private defense service for free to those he think need it. In that sense, I’d call him a free-market reaction to a clear and constant demand.

Of course, he isn’t an anarchist by any means. ;)

Brad Dexter February 10, 2005 at 3:49 pm

***It’s important to keep in mind that even if someone takes away your freedom of action (personal freedom), they can never take away your freedom of thought (true freedom). ***

In the right hands, and enough time, you would be barking like a dog or be a quivering pile of flesh. People can be deprogrammed at the very least, if not specifically reprogrammed. A concerted effort of sleep deprivation, beatings, extensions of kindness, and an overload of stimuli will considerably alter the way you think.

constant reader August 7, 2007 at 2:10 pm

@Bill K.

Have YOU read “The Dark Night Returns”? It’s Superman who is the neocon, sold-my-soul-to-the-government, and Batman opposes him! They fight!

Stop slandering the good mans name:)

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