Liberalism in the Classical Tradition: In the Classical Tradition

By Ludwig von Mises
Preface by Bettina Bien Greaves
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6.78 Hours 08/01/2012 unabridged
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In 1927, classical liberalism—based on a belief in individualism, reason, capitalism, and free trade—was dying, when one of the twentieth century’s greatest social thinkers wrote this combative and convincing restatement. Nowhere are the key principles of Mises’ philosophy better represented than in this timeless work. Mises was a careful and logical theoretician who believed that ideas rule the world, and this especially comes to light in Liberalism. “The ultimate outcome of the struggle” between liberalism and totalitarianism, say Mises, “will not be decided by arms, but by ideas. It is ideas that group men into fighting factions, that press the weapons into their hands, and that determine against whom and for whom the weapons shall be used. It is they alone, and not arms, that, in the last analysis, turn the scales.”

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In 1927, classical liberalism—based on a belief in individualism, reason, capitalism, and free trade—was dying, when one of the twentieth century’s greatest social thinkers wrote this combative and convincing restatement. Nowhere are the key principles of Mises’ philosophy better represented than in this timeless work.

Mises was a careful and logical theoretician who believed that ideas rule the world, and this especially comes to light in Liberalism. “The ultimate outcome of the struggle” between liberalism and totalitarianism, say Mises, “will not be decided by arms, but by ideas. It is ideas that group men into fighting factions, that press the weapons into their hands, and that determine against whom and for whom the weapons shall be used. It is they alone, and not arms, that, in the last analysis, turn the scales.”

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Author Bio: Ludwig von Mises

Ludwig von Mises (1881–1973) earned his doctorate in law and economics from the University of Vienna in 1906. In 1926, Mises founded the Austrian Institute for Business Cycle Research. From 1909 to 1934, he was an economist for the Vienna Chamber of Commerce. Before the Anschluss, in 1934 Mises left for Geneva, where he was a professor at the Graduate Institute of International Studies until 1940, when he emigrated to New York City. From 1948 to 1969, he was a visiting professor at New York University.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 6.78
Audience: Adult
Language: English