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A stellar defense of classical liberalism.
on June 3, 1998
Ludwig Von Mises had created a sensation in 1922 when he demolished all the intellectual arguements for socialism that had been advanced in defense of collectivist in his book Socialism. In 1927 Mises published his rebuttal to critics who had accused him of attacking the flaws of socialism without offering an alternative. Mises valiantly defends the liberalism of Burke, Locke,and Menger. He proscribed policies that even now are considered revolutionary i.e an end to national borders, the free flow of goods and people across borders, the immediate end to the brutal colonialism then popular in Europe, and vast limitations on state authority. Mises believed that there are two basic forms of human organization, coercion and cooperation, and that collectivism (socialism, fascism, communism) is capable of only using the former method and not the latter. Only liberalism maximizes the freedom of the individual.