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A Short History of Mises Institute Publishing

November 6, 2008 by

The Mises Institute has never believed in withholding education. We’ve never closed these treasures behind locked walls. We’ve never hesitated to make ideas available to as many people as possible, insofar as technology has permitted it. Our focus has never been growth as such but rather service. The growth part takes care of itself. FULL ARTICLE

{ 28 comments }

J. Chris Folsom November 6, 2008 at 9:08 am

Standing ovation!

Never was so much owed by so many to so few.

Thank you.

Pasi Matilainen November 6, 2008 at 9:13 am

Excellent article! Also I’d like to use this occasion to thank you all for everything. Here in dark and cold Finland I would NEVER have learned of the Austrian School without the Mises Institute and Mises.org. Today it continues to make a major impact on my personal life and my political views.

It’s still impossible to find Austrian literature in Finnish libraries or book stores. But thanks to worldwide delivery of Mises Store, I have not only bought a number of books for myself, but also so far ten copies of Hazlitt’s One Lesson for friends. :)

Actually, me and a few of my friends have a dream to one day start a foundation that publishes Austrian literature in Finnish. Today we lack the necessary resources, but we will make it happen some day.

Richard November 6, 2008 at 9:22 am

Like the above poster I doubt I would have stumbled across Austrian economics if it wasn’t for mises.org. I think I discovered the site back in 2001 or 2002 aged 17 or 18. I think I may have been looking for something on the gold standard.

I’ve been buying books from the store for over 4 years now and expect to buy many more. Suffice to say I am eternally grateful for the service. I can’t imagine any UK publisher producing these works on such a scale.

Don’t suppose there’s a list of soon to be published titles anywhere?

happylee November 6, 2008 at 11:01 am

Truly outstanding.

Greg Ransom November 6, 2008 at 12:53 pm

I’m continually amazed at what you’ve been able to accomplish. My hats are off to everyone at the Mises Institute.

tomislav November 6, 2008 at 1:36 pm

Great accomplishment.Greetings from Croatia

vvv November 6, 2008 at 2:01 pm

bravo! greeting from France! you educated thousands of minds, among them mine. One day we will ask ourselves what would have happened without the institute, and it will be as foolish as to ask what would have happened without the Academy or the lyceum

robin November 6, 2008 at 3:51 pm

I think this is one of the best sites on the internet. I visit mises.org every day and have ordered many books and I must say that your policy with free litterature and other media truly is amazing. Thumbs up!

Greetings from Sweden!

Jordi Franch November 6, 2008 at 4:18 pm

Most standing congratulations on your task! I discovered Mises’s “The Human Action” in Spanish version after having been taught nothing in Austrian Economics in Barcelona University. Since then, your web is a real beacon to free will humanity. Greetings from Catalonia.

Gaurav Ahuja November 6, 2008 at 4:50 pm

I think many people owe a huge intellectual debt to the Mr.Rockwell, Mr. Tucker, and other people that have made Austro-libertarianism possible. Thank you. I would do just about anything for the institute. And I am glad to have my feelings more confirmed with this article. When the fiftieth anniversary comes around, hopefully we will be the mainstream and victorious!

Bruce Koerber November 6, 2008 at 5:59 pm

I listened to the webcast and was thrilled by the accomplishments. It is great that those who did not get to hear it can read about the monumental progress and the exalted role the Mises Institute plays in transforming the population of the world from ignorance (and therefore slavery to the State) to states of illumination that come from the principles and concepts of classical liberalism.

Oil Shock November 6, 2008 at 6:07 pm

I have benefited immensely from the works published by the Mises Institute.

gp manish November 6, 2008 at 6:53 pm

an amazing article…depicting an amazing journey. i think one can argue that the founding and the success of the mises institute might be the single most important event in the history of man’s quest for liberty(?). i am from india (currently pursuing a phd in the us) and i would never have been able to pursue my interest in austrian economics if i had not discovered mises.org. thanks to the entire staff, mr.tucker and lew…

Madhusudan Raj November 6, 2008 at 7:27 pm

Truely remarkable work. I wish in near future Mises store expands itself to many different parts of the world. At least, one major store in each continent so that we can spread the ideas of liberty and Austrian economics quickly. Difficulties are there but they are not insurmountable.

I thank you all.

alt November 6, 2008 at 7:31 pm

Please. Please. PLEEEASE… STOP!

The LvMI produces such great material in such amouts … Not being able to keep up makes me depressed… :)

Peter November 6, 2008 at 8:07 pm

I just counted 27 books on my shelf published by the Mises Institute, and probably 100+ more on my hard drive, which I couldn’t have afforded (and would never have given a second look anyway – I thought that economics was just foolishness before I discovered the Austrian school (and rightly so) – if I’d had to buy printed books to see it). Fantastic work; my undying gratitude to all concerned!

Junker November 6, 2008 at 8:54 pm

Yes, good work, well done. I’m happy to be a member and add my few FRNs to the project.
Thank you, all.

Francisco Torres November 6, 2008 at 11:09 pm

I found Mises.org around 2003 when researching about comparative advantage for my MBA. I never looked back – thank you, Mises.org for ripping off the wool over my eyes. I am so happy to see this wonderful resource for freedom grow and flourish and Austrian Economics being vindicated (even if it took a terrible economic crisis). Thank you, all.

Craig Norris November 6, 2008 at 11:26 pm

God Bless you guys and gals!

I was introduced to Austrian Econ a few years ago (2001) with Hazlitt’s sublime work, “Economics in One Lesson”. Ron Paul resparked the fire for me. I was searching for Murray Rothbard’s “Case Against the Fed”, after NO bookstores were able to get it. I was shocked to find the book online to read.

Thank you for continuing to print works that no one else will! I have been giving friends and family members links to various articles and blog postings as well.

Mitche Leigh Hunt November 7, 2008 at 2:07 am

There are no words in the English language that I know — with my Thesaurus at hand — to express how much the continuing work of the Mises Institute has meant to me. All of you involved — and especially Lew Rockwell with his vision when there was nothing to see — keep me in awe by what you accomplish on a daily basis, always needed, always on target, always with such style.

Mitche Leigh Hunt November 7, 2008 at 2:08 am

There are no words in the English language that I know — with my Thesaurus at hand — to express how much the continuing work of the Mises Institute has meant to me. All of you involved — and especially Lew Rockwell with his vision when there was nothing to see — keep me in awe by what you accomplish on a daily basis, always needed, always on target, always with such style.

Narasinga November 7, 2008 at 4:29 am

Thank you from India……..I see the world differently since I started visiting mises.org !!!

Renaud Fillieule November 7, 2008 at 4:52 am

“To conjure up a world without the institute’s publishing program is to observe a dimly lit scene turning to darkness.”

So true! You are doing an outstanding job, a huge “THANK YOU” from a little town in the north of France.

Telpeurion November 7, 2008 at 5:14 am

Mr. Tucker, the institute seems to get a large deal of intercontinental viewers. However, I can imagine there are many who being less fluent in the english language have not been able to access the wonderful information provided. So the idea came to me that perhaps the next big project for you guys could be towards providing the site’s material and layout in other languages. Naturally one could use google translator, but that requires that you already have been to the site, where as when the content itself is in a different tongue it will show up on the search engines. Of course, there are probably a lot of financial and technical considerations that would have to go into it (doubling or tripling the sites’ data?) but the benefits of having content in, say, chinese or japanese would be wonderful in spreading paleo-liberalism to those countries whose exposure has been limited due to the language barrier; that’s if you can get through the great firewall of China. ; )

Roberto Fiori Chiocca November 7, 2008 at 8:37 am

Thanks A LOT Jeffrey, Murray, Lew, and everyone in the Mises Institute!
Without your work I would probably be a Chicago boy.

We are here in Brazil fighting for liberty, we started the “Instituto Mises Brasil” the brazilian Mises Institute, we are translating everything we can, and spreading the word of liberty in this “socialists paradise” . We hope that soon we can contribute with some original articles and works with you guys!

Alex November 8, 2008 at 11:27 am

I just wanted to say how ironic it is that so many people complain against capitalists for being ‘greedy’ and demanding money for virtually everything, when we have an institute such as the LvM that is giving away literally thousands of gigabytes of data free over the net, in addition to entire books.

I find it a really delightful thing. Congrats guys.

Ball November 8, 2008 at 5:33 pm

I discovered the “Austrian School” by accident—doing some research on the depression for my own interest. I was so captivated by Murray Rothbard’s book on the subject, I read all of his books which were available to me and learned of his passing just when I learned of the Institute and was motivated to meet him.

The greatest thing about the LvMI is now, more than ever, anyone can now be a pamphleteer. I’ve only just read Economics in One Lesson and find I can distribute copies on a VERY limited budget. It behooves all of us to remind people of unintended consequences of today’s new policies, and now we have a great reference tool to make our case.

Which brings me to a criticism I have of LvMI and its many members: We’re too comfortable sitting back and cynically posting one-liners about the coming chaos that we ALL KNOW IS COMING! Why, for example, was there not an ‘Austrian’ contingent during the demonstrations against the Wall St. bailout? Sure, we all read Lew’s good article on the subject, but did anyone else? Are we too scared of the eat-the-rich lefties to hold a banner against bailouts or the WTO etc?

With more bailouts on the horizon, we need publicity NOW or else the world will fail to learn the lessons it ought to have learned last time around. With a focus on compassion rather than academic curiosity, the LvMI can save the world yet.

maera November 8, 2008 at 11:16 pm

I bought one of about three copies of Flynn’s The Roosevelt Myth used from a seller on amazon.com, read it & lamented how such wonderful books were being lost to future generations. Imagine my surprise when I discovered I could buy new copies of TRM along with numerous works by Austrian school economists through mises.org.

Thanks for all you do to share knowledge from the past that not only preserves history but offers solutions that are relevant in the here and now.

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