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Pushed Beyond Your Limits

July 18, 2006 by

Barron’s ($) recommends Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s book Economics and Ethics of Private Property among five books on its list of “page-turners on the dismal science”:

Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s dryly titled The Economics and Ethics of Private Property (von Mises Institute, 2006), is anything but dry. When Ludwig von Mises brought “Austrian School” economics to the U.S., the American Murray Rothbard became his worthy disciple. With Rothbard’s death in 1995, the German-born Hoppe, a professor of economics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, became Rothbard’s most important disciple by far.

Hoppe’s writings are like a laser beam. The clarity and force of his arguments seemingly can’t fail to hit their targets. But be prepared for arguments that push you beyond your limits. For Hoppe is a Misesian of the Rothbardian kind: an anarcho-capitalist eager to convince you that anything useful that the state does, the market can do better — in fact, that the state so abuses its appointed roles, there is really no contest between the two. The intrigued should also try Rothbard’s own book, For a New Liberty (von Mises Institute, 1978, revised edition).

{ 2 comments }

William July 22, 2006 at 10:24 pm

I think this is a great development and I am amazed that no one has responded. When was the last time you read the term “anarcho-capitalist” in a major publication? Add to that the fact that it was presented in a positive light mentioning Mises, Rothbard, and Hoppe as scholars that one should really read. I applaud Barron’s for the in-depth look into economics that resulted in this column. Get on the laser beam, appreciate the clarity and force as you are pushed beyond your limits!

Michael Robb July 23, 2006 at 12:21 pm

Barron’s had the remnants of a good reputation in the late 1950s and early 1960s. There was a gentleman named Vermont Royster who wrote a regular column that could be depended upon to contain a few gems of wisdom, — at least enough to infuriate the modern American liberals of that era.

It is a very encouraging development to discover that Barron’s might once again resume its important place in the provision of ideas, as well as numbers and statistics.

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