Well, we’ve received enough notes of shock, awe, and delight to prompt this little piece to explain what’s up. The issue: in the last several months, the Mises Institute has brought back from oblivion a vast library of Austrian and libertarian books, and even published several new titles â€” publishing at a pace that rivals the biggest names in the publishing industry.
So here’s the deal. We have several criteria for books published by the Mises Institute and carried in our store. They should advance the Austrian School of economics, of course. And this is true even if the topic is history, philosophy, or law. They must explain and promote liberty. And they must not be merely news commentary or bound up with contemporary issues only.
The hope is that whatever book we publish or distribute, it will hold up after decades. This is another way of saying that we want to use our resources to back timeless ideas. After all, the science of economics and the concern for human liberty advance truths independent of time and place.
Does this seem like a fairly small niche? Perhaps, but once you look at the vast amount of material published over the past century and a half, since the founding of the Austrian School and the development of the libertarian tradition, you are overwhelmed at how much wonderful material has been tragically left to languish in obscurity. FULL ARTICLE