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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/9658/lapel-pin-new-shipment/

Lapel Pin, new shipment

March 23, 2009 by

We found a new supplier so the price has been cut dramatically, all the way down to $1.50.

There are very few ways to fight back against the statist trends of our time, but sometimes the most subtle can also be the most effective. This lapel pin is gorgeous, and carries the right message. The quality is top notch, and at this price you can get one for all your jackets.

The emblem of the Mises Institute, Ludwig von Mises’s family crest, is highly detailed in five colors on a gold-plated pin. Butterfly clasp, 3/4″ length.

The coat of arms was awarded in 1881 when Ludwig von Mises’s great-grandfather Mayer Rachmiel Mises was ennobled by the Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria. In the upper right-hand quadrant is the staff of Mercury, god of commerce and communication (the Mises family was successful in both; they were merchants and bankers). In the lower left-hand quadrant is a representation of the Ten Commandments.

Mayer Rachmiel, as well as his father, presided over various Jewish cultural organizations in Lemberg, the city where Ludwig was born. The red banner displays the Rose of Sharon, which in the litany is one of the names given to the Blessed Mother, as well as the Stars of the Royal House of David, a symbol of the Jewish people.

In general, what the pin symbolizes is resistence through the ideas of freedom. That’s all people need to know.

{ 11 comments }

DD March 23, 2009 at 1:48 pm

I love the pin, but the problem is that I tend to think that people then start to associate you with a cult or something. It’s enough that I say “Austrian” economics when I discuss the issues, and people then respond like “Oh, so this is some non mainstream economics? perhaps you’re wrong. It’s only one school of thought…”

Martin March 23, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Ah, just my luck! I ordered one about a week ago at the old price;)
No matter, this just proves the market works.

Taylor March 23, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Sorry, how does a coat of arms (throwback to the ancient socialist feudal system) granted by a sitting emperor (statist socialist) represent resistance through the ideas of freedom?

Christopher March 23, 2009 at 2:37 pm

I actually agree with Taylor. I love the coat of arms, it is certainly beautiful, especially the full version, but I view the fact that it was awarded by an emperor contradictory to its supposed symbolism.

patrick March 23, 2009 at 6:06 pm

DD + Taylor make raise some interesting points imo.

ErikWP March 23, 2009 at 7:01 pm

I love the design but Christian symbolism isn’t something I would like to walk around with. I’m also not so fond of cults of personality and don’t see von Mises or Hayek as the only true economists. Isn’t it time to come up with something a bit more modern and secular?

Justin March 23, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Yep. The motto’s better than the coat of arms, not that I can see the motto adorning your lapel.

Mike March 24, 2009 at 12:36 am

It is probably not correct to refer to a Monarch, who is someone very interested in private property, as a socialist.

A coat of arms seems to take the shape of a shield which was an important part of self defense for millenia. A monarchy may be excused for commemorating this right of a family and it may give awards as desired.

Artisan March 24, 2009 at 3:48 am

Historically, I think it’s a great, yet also quite an odd coat of arms… precisely because nobility and trade were traditionally not compatible, just as Christian secularity had a traditionally “complex” relation to Jewish culture.

Perhaps its symbolical use for Free-market thinking is not quite pertinent as it is more sophisticated than most free-market philosophers are… but on the other hand it’s odd enough to symbolize well the “funky” situation of those philosophers within mainstream economics today.

Matt March 24, 2009 at 4:36 pm

I think Taylor, DD make excellent points. Perhaps we (those who would be choosing freely to take up such a ‘coat of arms’) can rectify the apparent paradox by realization that we are able to choose freely to associate with the symbol. Such a distinction would need to be ‘earned by birth’ previously.

The idea of the ten commandments may be off-putting for some due to religious reasons, but personally I see them as a set of ‘be nice to one another’ rules (and, I am non-religious).

James September 30, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Hey, take a look at this lapel!

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