This great variety of influential books testifies to the richness of the libertarian scholarly tradition. It’s filled with remarkable works of scholarship that are not (yet) as widely known and read as they deserve to be.
History of Economic Thought
AIER is pleased to present the first English translation of Friedrich von Wieser's memorial appreciation of Carl Menger, the founder of the Austrian School, published in German not long after Menger’s passing in 1921. Wieser (1851-1926) was one of the leading contributors in the “second generation” of the Austrian School of Economics.
This is a slipshod attempt to taint and tarnish the reputation of one of the leading economists of the 20th century, and one of the most consistent and outspoken defenders of the classical liberal ideal of political, social and economic liberty and the free society.
While Karl Marx has served as the supplier of the political slogans, the economist Michal Kalecki has provided the guidelines for the actual policy in many parts of the world.
Canadian “robber barons” were exactly like the American robber barons: largely a myth.
Neoliberalism is one of academia's trendiest boogiemen. Do historians have the wrong origin story?
Harwood could not remain silent and still call himself a man of honor. He established AIER in response, an institution dedicated to the fight for integrity, sound money, and free markets. The confrontations with Washington continued over the decades.
By making these lost Spooner treatises available again after more than a century in seclusion, it is my hope that they will both further our historical understanding of the time in which they were written and offer relevant insights to the evolution of economic ideas in the present day.
This remarkable book was published in 1932. E.C. Harwood’s ideas about inflation and the business cycle have relevance for our knowledge and for policy discussions today.
American politics today seems ever more a contest between two forms of state control – progressive/socialist and nationalist/fascist – with both sides deploying populist states of mass agitation with the hope of deploying power to achieve their ends. Where are the liberals? Not many even claim the label.
Classical liberals and libertarians consider that their defense and insistence upon a principled practice of individual liberty and competitive free markets is no less of a moral necessity and calling than earlier demands for ending infringements on personal and social freedom that were widely taken for granted.
An amazing book appeared before FDR was elected that explained all economic events, using sound economic logic and evidence. The crash, this book said, was the result of monetary mismanagement by the Federal Reserve and distorted price and interest rate signals.
Economists are often asked to render economic advice to foreign nations. Sometimes these countries are ruled by dictators. That presents a moral quandary.
Most human knowledge is tacit, the product of experience and not capable of being captured in words or numbers, and local, concerned with and relevant to specific local conditions and circumstances.