Friday, December 31, 2010

Peter Boettke on Ludwig von Mises

Russ Roberts in recent days finished an EconTalk interview with Pete Boettke about Ludwig von Mises.

I happen to think Mises was the greatest economic thinker of the 20th century. Boettke never comes out and says that, but he does list Mises achievements in monetary theory, in explaining the problems with calculation in a centrally planned economy and Mises use of the deductive method of analysis to generate a complete theory of economics.

Boettke throughout the interview also mentions a number of Mises books, and organizations where the books are available. However, it must have slipped Boettke's mind that the largest collection of economic books written by Mises (and also many books written by Mises students, such as those of Rothbard and Hayek, and many, many others books written by those who either influenced Mises or were influenced by him) are available at the Mises Institute.  A collection of 29 Mises books, for example, are available at the Mises Institue, here

The Boettke interview is here.

The biography of Mises that Boettke mentions is Mises: The Last Knight of Liberalism by Guido Jorg Hulsmann. Boettke also mentions Murray Rothbard's Man, Economy and State, which he calls a masterful work.

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