Ludwig Mises: Mises Institute Lectures
Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises was a notable economist and social philosopher. Von Mises was born in Lemberg, Austria-Hungary. Early on, von Mises was particularly interested in history and politics. After graduation, in 1900, he therefore began to study at the department of law and government science at the University of Vienna.
Titles of Lectures by Ludwig Mises include:
"Liberty and Property"
"Recollections from the University of Vienna"
"Socialism versus Free Market Exchange"
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Michael Boldin: CalExit and Secession
Fri, Feb 17, 2017
This weekend, we welcome back Michael Boldin, founder of the Tenth Amendment Center and fearless advocate for political decentralization. Michael joins us next weekend at our event in San Diego, so we decided to ask him about the burgeoning CalExit movement and the Left's newfound appreciation for secession. Think California couldn't survive as an independent country? Think the current US boundaries are written in stone? If so, Michael will change how you think about the possibility of local rule in a deeply divided America. Stay tuned. Download File - 20.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Patrick Byrne: How Tech Can Thwart the State
Fri, Feb 10, 2017
Overstock.com founder Patrick Byrne, the keynote speaker at our upcoming event in San Diego, is a brilliant innovator and freedom advocate. He holds a PhD in philosophy from Stanford, but understands e-commerce and blockchain technology like an engineer. He also understands Austrian economics, and courageously uses his public profile to make the Hayekian case for a decentralized political, economic, and social order. This presentation is excerpted from his talk given on our Auburn campus discussing the relationship between Austrian theory and the blockchain, and what it means for the eventual demise of government gatekeepers and middlemen. Download File - 25.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Allen Mendenhall: Trump's Supreme Court
Fri, Feb 03, 2017
Brutus, writing in The Antifederalist Papers, had this to say about judges:
There is no power above them, to control any of their decisions. There is no authority that can remove them, and they cannot be controlled by the laws of the legislature. In short, they are independent of the people, of the legislature, and of every power under heaven. Men placed in this situation will generally soon feel themselves independent of heaven itself.
Now Trump has announced his nominee for the Supreme Court. Here to explain everything from a libertarian perspective is Allen Mendenhall, a lawyer, PhD, and director of the Blackstone and Burke Center. How will Gorsuch likely rule on important issues, given what we know about him? Is he an activist, an authoritarian, an originalist, or a positivist? Is he too cozy with federal power, or does he show a libertarian Coloradan streak? And, if confirmed, will he occupy a "stolen" seat? Download File - 22.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Trump Goes to Washington
Fri, Jan 27, 2017
Jeff Deist and Tom Woods discuss everything happening with Donald Trump in Washington, DC—especially the Left-Progressive reaction to it—and analyze Trump from a libertarian perspective.
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John Tamny: Trump's Economics
Fri, Jan 20, 2017
Our guest this weekend is John Tamny, a writer and editor at Real Clear Markets and Forbes. Jeff Deist and John dissect Trump's economics, especially Trump's reflexive trade protectionism and fetish for exports over imports. They also talk about the policies Trump might get right, especially when it comes to the Fed.
John has a great Misesian take on everything the new administration might mean — pro and con — so don't miss this interview. Download File - 15.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Nick Sorrentino: Against Crony Capitalism
Fri, Jan 13, 2017
We've all heard the term crony capitalism, but what does it mean exactly? We know it involves using government to enrich certain interests, through contracts, lobbying, and rent-seeking. But, crony capitalism is far more: it is a systematic distortion of real capitalism, from local restaurants and real estate all the way up to global commodities and FOREX markets. Here to consider all the angles is our guest Nick Sorrentino, proprietor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org.
Nick and Jeff Deist discuss how huge public companies—think defense giants like Lockheed Martin and Boeing—engage in an obvious form of fiscal cronyism, while Wall Street funds and investment banks engage in what we might call monetary cronyism. And we also discuss how average people reap undue benefits in a million small ways, from selling their homes in artificially overheated markets to making money from small businesses made possible only by bubbles. Is that tech startup really "worth" a $50 million payout to the founders? Thanks to the endless distortions of crony capitalism, we may never know. Download File - 16.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Patrick Barron: Negative Interest Rates Demystified
Thu, Jan 05, 2017
We've all heard about negative interest rates, but we may not really understand them-- either conceptually or in terms of bond markets. Here to explain is our returning guest Dr. Patrick Barron, a longtime professor in the graduate school of banking at the University of Wisconsin.
How and why would interest rates ever be negative, when everyone prefers current consumption to future consumption? Can the "natural" or market rate of interest ever be negative? What going on in Europe that would make negative-rate government and corporate bonds attractive to investors? Will the ECB be forced to raise rates back into positive territory if Janet Yellen continues to raise the Fed Funds Rate here in the US? And will Congress resist steady rate hikes that could radically spike its annual budget outlay for debt service? Download File - 22.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Ralph Raico: Liberalism Defined
Fri, Dec 30, 2016
Our last show for 2016 is bittersweet, featuring a lecture by our great friend and Senior Fellow Ralph Raico. Dr. Raico, who died earlier this month, was an intellectual giant known for his brilliant — and often revisionist — understanding of history.
Speaking at Mises University in 2009, Dr. Raico delivered a witty and razor-sharp exposition of what liberalism really means. We know you'll find it worthwhile to spend an hour during this holiday weekend with the great mind of Ralph Raico. Download File - 57.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Ronald St?ferle: Austrian Investing
Fri, Dec 23, 2016
As our great friend Dr. Bob Murphy said on an earlier show, knowledge of economics is necessary—but not sufficient—to be be a good investor. A new book entitled Austrian School for Investors, co-authored by our guest, Ronald St?ferle, bridges the gap between understanding the economy and understanding how to invest money, in a highly readable and succinct format.
The book's co-authors are all economists and financial professionals, versed in both worlds. And, they've written a very different kind of investment book, one that doesn't tout stocks, sectors, industries, or complex timing strategies. It doesn't recommend specific equities or bonds. Instead, it's a fantastic primer on Austrian economics and its application to financial markets.
By understanding money, value, interest rates, business cycles, and capital from an Austrian perspective, the smart investor knows far more about fundamentals than many fund managers and investment advisers. Most of those managers and advisers are dangerously ignorant of monetary policy, and don't understand inflation—so they're stuck trying to time booms and busts. This book won't only change the way you look at making money, but how you look at Austrian economics itself. Download File - 25.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
John Williams: The Federal Government's Fake News
Fri, Dec 16, 2016
Statistics issued by the federal government about the economy—from CPI to GDP—are fake, and our guest John Williams of Shadowstats.com explains how and why.
John is a vocal critic of modern economic reporting, which is manipulated to make the economy appear stronger than it is. So, he devoted his professional life to telling the real story, through statistics he painstakingly compiles himself. And, his statistics paint an alarming picture: virtually all "growth" in the US economy since the Crash of '08 has been artificially engineered by the Fed, while the risk of debt contagion has increased.
Jeff and John discuss the "Fed tax," what a radical increase in the monetary base means for your financial future, and whether Janet Yellen will be forced to resort to more QE in 2017.
This is a must-hear interview if you're interested in sober economic reality. Download File - 24.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Yuri Maltsev: Why Socialism Endures
Fri, Dec 09, 2016
The western media's fawning treatment of Fidel Castro demonstrates the enduring mystique of socialism—while recent Harvard and Rasmussen polls suggest that perhaps half of young Americans hold unfavorable attitudes toward capitalism. No matter how many millions perish in collectivist bloodbaths, the Left remains committed to its ideology of radical egalitarianism and enamored of murderous revolutionary figures like Che Guevara.
Our great friend Yuri Maltsev, a victim of Soviet totalitarianism in his youth, joins us to explain how and why westerners still don't understand what socialism really means. He recounts his many trips to Cuba, and demolishes the myths surrounding that country's vaunted "healthcare" and "education" systems. He explains how socialism actually produces a superclass of elites and a form of socio-economic apartheid, rather than egalitarian nirvana. And he reminds us that the romantic vision held by western elites is best defeated by those who have lived through the ravages of collectivism firsthand. Download File - 21.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Jeff Deist Will Join John Stossel on
Thu, Dec 01, 2016
Interviewed by John Stossel, Jeff Deist says that politicians like Chuck Schumer are two-faced when it comes to taxing Wall Street. The full segment will run tonight on Fox Business.
And for more, see Stossel's latest column at Townhall:
Government programs almost never die.
Businesses in cozy relationships with government don't die either. Jeff Deist, president of the free-market Mises Institute, says when the housing bubble burst, banks should have been allowed to fail and put through "the bankruptcy and liquidation process."
Investors would have lost big, but that's OK, says Deist. "That's the difference between free-market capitalism and state capitalism. With state capitalism, there are upsides for the parties involved -- but no downsides."
Read the full column.
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Justin Raimondo: What Trump Means
Fri, Nov 25, 2016
Justin Raimondo, editorial director of Antiwar.com, joins Jeff for a great discussion of what Trump's election really means for libertarians. Does 2016 mark the end of globalism's inevitability, or are Brexit and Trump mere speed bumps for progressive elites? Does Trump represent a real threat to the War Party, or will he succumb to neoconservative control over foreign policy? What are the best-case and worst-case scenarios for libertarians in the first year of a Trump administration, and will his cabinet picks contain any happy surprises?
Nobody is better suited to untangle the Trump uprising than the no-holds barred Mr. Raimondo. Stay tuned.
Click here to read Justin's article "How We Will Win" on Antiwar.com. Download File - 16.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
James Rickards: End Game for the Global Economy
Fri, Nov 18, 2016
On Mises Weekends this week, our friend James Rickards joins Jeff to discuss The Road to Ruin, his latest book outlining what financial elites have planned for the next financial crisis. Rickards highlights a number of policy tools governments and central bankers have created for themselves, and points to their handling of recent crises in Cypress and Greece bail-in approach as patterns for the rest of the world.
But, with the Federal Reserve and their peers around the world still unable to normalize their balance sheets following 2008, the real question is: “who is going to bail out the central banks?” Jeff and Jim discuss the answer to that question—and how people can protect themselves—in an interview you won’t want to miss. Download File - 25.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
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