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Was LeFevre Interested in Economics?

December 19, 2005 by

I just received an email from a person who follows the work of the Mises Institute, and was confused by this site’s large archive of audio by Robert LeFevre, the founder of the Freedom School and a great libertarian publicist in the last century. This correspondent said that LeFevre was interested in politics only, so it makes no sense for him to be so heavily featured on an economics site.

This puzzled me, so I looked back at the archive to find: What is Money?, Property and Ownership, Collective Ownership, Value: What and How?, What is Banking?, The Great Depression, The Fear of Monopoly 1, 2, 3, and 4, among many other audio files on economic topics.

It’s true that the lines between economics and politics can become blurry in pratice, even if they are sharp in theory. Still, it’s clear that LeFevre learned his economics from the Austrians. The series of lectures on this site would make a very good introduction to economics. So I’m not sure I understand the basis of this correspondant’s point.

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Kenneth R. Gregg December 19, 2005 at 10:39 pm

Jeffrey,
I worked with Bob LeFevre for many years and was the first President of Rampart Institute, an organization which followed after the collapse of Rampart College, as well as the creator of the index for his “The Fundamentals of Liberty,” which remains one of the best introductions into libertarian theory and free-market economics.

Bob was well-versed in Austrian economic theory and was a great popularizer of Austrian theory in his newspaper columns, both in his editorial columns while he was editor of the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph and as columnist for the Freedom Newspaper chain.

While working with him, I carefully reviewed his columns, editorials, and essays which he had written over his life and there were several topics which would frequently and regularly appear in his writings: The importance of free speech and a free press; How the free market works; Alternatives to political action; and The importance of rational thought about issues, both personal and social.

While Rothbard was important for the growth of scholarly thought in libertarian and Austrian economics, LeFevre, second, I think, only to Leonard Read, was the premier popularizer of these issues, introducing generations to the fundamental ideas surrounding both libertarianism and Austrian economics.

The material which is available on mises.org by LeFevre is only a small portion of his writings, but it is certainly sufficient to gain a good understanding of his approach, both to politics and to economics.

Just a thought.
Just Ken
kgregglv@cox.net
http://classicalliberalism.blogspot.com/

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