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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/4473/my-salad-days-at-the-mises-institute/

My Salad Days at the Mises Institute

December 22, 2005 by

Before Katrina and her aftermath played havoc with my fall semester 2005, I had been, like thousands of other people beside myself over the years, a regular visitor at the Mises Institute. Perhaps my attendance there was more assiduous than most, since I participated regularly in the Austrian Scholars’ Conferences, the Mises University, and several weekend retreat conferences there per year. But, like most others, I was only a visitor. I never got to see the “inner workings” of the place. Now I can REVEAL ALL. Full Article.

[See also the large version of the image]


N. Joseph Potts December 22, 2005 at 5:30 pm

That typewriter on which Human Action was typed must be worn very well, indeed.

But WHO typed it? My guess would be Margit von Mises, since she did perform so many secretarial services for her husband and some of his more favored friends. Mises himself was in a number of ways pre-keyboard. The author (Block) is not, I confidently assume, and in the present day, the Great Man himself would undoubtedly have to get with the QWERTY prodgram.

George Gaskell December 22, 2005 at 7:00 pm

I know it seems trivial, but I wonder if Dr. Block (or any of the other LvMI fixtures) would mind telling me what brand of typewriter it is. I am a fan of the manual typewriter, even though it is quickly disappearing. (I know, I know, free markets, technological progress, increased per capita productivity and all that …).

In any event, thanks for the brief view into the Institute’s daily life.

Thomas Rudolf December 23, 2005 at 1:58 am

I had the pleasure to work at the Institute for more than three months. Walter Block is right: there is no better place for an “Austrian”! Thank you Walter, for the article, thank you everybody at the LvMI for this wonderful place!

Aakash December 23, 2005 at 2:37 am

That looks like a good place; I would like to visit some time (I was given a mini-tour of the Leadership Institute headquarters in Arlington, VA earlier this year), but I don’t know when I’ll be in the area. I’ve been to several states down South, but never Alabama.

Ron Brown December 23, 2005 at 7:39 am

I highly recommend viewing Walter’s participation in the short CNBC discussion on Wal-Mart’s entrance into the banking field.

With simple concepts that nearly anyone could grasp, he overwhelmed the opposition and clearly impressed the host; who said she was going to have him back, which she didn’t say to the other two men.

Peter December 23, 2005 at 7:54 am

Where can that be seen, Ron?

Chad Parish December 23, 2005 at 9:27 am

Here is a link to a picture of the typewriter Dr. Block mentioned in his article: http://mises.org/images4/misestypewriter.jpg

m. johnson December 23, 2005 at 2:30 pm

I believe the video on walmart is on the mises.org site. (media arhive.)

hope that helps
mike j.

Ron Brown December 23, 2005 at 4:08 pm

Click on the last word “here” in the third to last paragraph of the article to view the short video.

Peter December 23, 2005 at 7:41 pm

All I get is a 105 byte file containing:


m. johnson December 24, 2005 at 10:54 am

The video can be found at mises.org (media archives) The file is mises.org:88/block

hope that helps,
mike j.

George Gaskell December 24, 2005 at 6:19 pm

Thanks, Chad. That appears to be a Royal Quiet De Luxe from the early 1950s (with the distinctive parallelogram metal plates behind the ribbon levers), probably made about 7 years after the company resumed typewriter construction after being transformed into a munitions supplier during WWII.

George Gaskell December 24, 2005 at 6:38 pm

Of course, since Human Action was first published in 1949, I assume the typewriter was made before then. It would have been virtually new when they began typing (perhaps bought for the express purpose of cranking out the book).

Caley McKibbin December 26, 2005 at 1:57 pm

Of course they pinch their funds. We’re talking about top notch tactical entrepreneurs here, not putrid bureaucrats and slobbering bums.

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