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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/7320/misess-book-america/

Mises’s book “America”?

October 18, 2007 by

Can someone let ABC News know that Mises didn’t write a book called America? The book in question is called Liberalism. Still, it’s nice to see him quoted.


Norman October 18, 2007 at 5:30 pm

Yeah, I thought that was really strange. I had no recollection of a book with that title!

max r October 18, 2007 at 5:43 pm

Like Tupac Shakur and Murray Rothbard, Ludwig von Mises is one of the few scholars capable of posthumously writing new material.

Anthony October 18, 2007 at 6:06 pm

A friend of mine showed this to me. Hilarious.

new_england October 18, 2007 at 6:50 pm

stereotypical Paul supporter — young, perhaps bearded male

Strange assumption.

Kevin Parker October 18, 2007 at 7:20 pm

stereotypical Paul supporter — young, perhaps bearded male

> Strange assumption.

Ha. Yeah, maybe they were trying to evoke the “bomb-throwing anarchist.” Strange indeed.

Anthony October 18, 2007 at 7:25 pm

That said, RP does have some odd supporters…

Jule Herbert October 18, 2007 at 7:25 pm

I emailed them when I saw it. I also asked the copy editor to remember that it is standard to refer to Mises as Mises and not “Von Mises” or “von Mises,” and that the same goes for the institute. This error is usually a dead giveaway that the writer is unfamilar with the subject matter.

Paul Edwards October 18, 2007 at 7:43 pm

“That said, RP does have some odd supporters…”

LMAO! I know. It is so hard to get away from the odd-balls these days. No matter what crowd i find myself mixing with, it always seems i’m the most normal person there – and that can’t be good! :)

Paul Edwards October 18, 2007 at 7:49 pm

“This error is usually a dead giveaway that the writer is unfamilar with the subject matter.”

I thought it was very close to miraculous that the msm should be quoting from Mises’s Liberalism in the first place. I guess it was their heroic attempt to support the argument that Paul doesn’t belong with the Republican Party, given that Paul does not share the Republican aim of “full government control of all activities of the individual”.

Anthony October 18, 2007 at 7:59 pm

Maybe the news site was afraid people would go dig deeper into Mises’ work. Can’t have that, now can we? ;)

Mark October 18, 2007 at 8:21 pm

Anthony and Paul Edwards seem bursting with a censored enthusiasm regarding the desire to explain how Ron Paul supporters are “odd.”

Assuming average donation of $50, I think averaging out $5,000,000 will be a bit of a chore.

Bruce Koerber October 18, 2007 at 8:28 pm

Dear fellow Miseans,

Forgive me. My first reaction was to be excited that the name ‘Mises’ had emerged from obscurity. All of your points made about the belittling tactics were probably true and not coincidental, but I am ever the optimist.

Once the crack opens and the light begins to shine in the whole dynamic changes! Not unlike the trickle of the Ron Paul message of liberty that has not only turned into a river but it has the potential to become a tsunami!

llp October 18, 2007 at 8:56 pm

Perhaps they called the book “America” instead of “Liberalism” because they didn’t want to mention that what is called “Liberalism” today is not true Liberalism, but is actually Social Democracy, which is a form of Socialism.

Jim October 18, 2007 at 9:51 pm

Hmm. Conspiracy theory: The book “America” by Mises is “unavailable” on Mises.org. It’s true, I searched for it.

Jeffrey, What else are you hiding from us? ;-)

Mike October 18, 2007 at 10:02 pm

It is not just “nice to see him quoted,” it is awesome and equally awesome is the link to the Mises Institute. I would like to hear Ron Paul discuss Mises and Austrian economics more along the campaign trail as people are yearning for information and would I am sure like to know where it is he gained his deep understanding of the issues.

gene berman October 19, 2007 at 7:53 am

I hate to have to mention this to all the RP supporters out there but I’m not so sure he’s as well-grounded in (Misesian) Austrian economics as they’d wish. I agree that he’s been a consistent voice of integrity on many matters, including “sound money.” But I also note that he has (or had–I don’t know about recently) been close to the Real Bills Doctrine people with whom Blumert had to contend (successfully, I believe) not all that long ago.

Mike October 19, 2007 at 3:26 pm

Gene, you can read about the influence Austrian economics has had on Ron Paul in his own words here: http://mises.org/books/paulmises.pdf

Bruce Koerber October 19, 2007 at 11:23 pm

Dear Mike,

Thank you for mentioning the book “Mises and Austrian Economics” by Ron Paul. I read it many years ago (1985) and that is when I found out about Ron Paul.

Even though there are many Austrian economics scholars, and each is contributing to the advancement of liberty, there are none more dedicated, sincere, principled, or active than Ron Paul.

Zach Bibeault March 8, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Apparently ABC News also has no idea the difference between philosophical (small-l) libertarianism and political party (big-L) libertarianism, as is evident here:

“Full government control of all activities of the individual is virtually the goal of both national parties,” the Libertarian thinker wrote in his book “America”.

Also, no one calls it the “Von Mises Institutes”. The only two people I have now seen refer to Mises as “Von Mises” are Mises-ignoramus Thom Hartmann and whoever wrote this ABC News column.

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