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5.0 out of 5 stars A stellar defense of classical liberalism.
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,...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nomen-est-omen
Whys should one ever praise this Mr. Mises behind a century. For some inborn miserableness - also, nomen est omen!?
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4.0 out of 5 stars a clear exposition of why classic liberal economics works., August 20, 2013
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John E. Downing (Bowling Green, KY USA) - See all my reviews
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Refutes the use of "liberal" currently in use and takes back the term to the economic freedom espoused in most of the nineteenth century that led to the greatest advances in personal well being in history. Defends the private ownership of the means of production as the most efficient use of human labor, and why socialistic systems destroy innovation and fail..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, July 14, 2013
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Warning:

This book is NOT about Nancy Pelosi or Barack Obama!

Von Mises always objected to the fact that the supporters of a free market economy allowed the term "Liberal" to be hijacked by socialists and government interventionists. This makes it somewhat confusing until you understand that LvM stood his ground in this particular trench, refusing to cede the label "Liberal" to the leftists until his death.

Once you make that mental adjustment it is a classic work on the free market economy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Eye Opener!, February 18, 2013
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Sidney Jackson (White Bear Lake, MN USA) - See all my reviews
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Mises loses little time in exposing his tremendous intellect. I was surprised at how Liberalism has changed from its classical form to the "neoclassical" genre today, i.e., the "Progressives." It seems to me that the author uncovers the basic change in Liberalism which, as I understood it, is the gradual but increasing belief in the greater role of government in society. The book is aged but still quite valuable. Classical liberalism is equatable to freedom in the numerous spheres of society, especially the economy. Mises thus touts the capitalistic form of the free market. The main problem with the book in this respect is that it fails to take into account the changed circumstances of many of the industrialized nations, particularly the demographic ones, i.e., growth and ethnicity, and in the globalization of economic activity. These changes factor heavily in the need for more government involvement in a very complex society. Still, there's a lot to learn in reading Liberalism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true liberal manifesto, June 11, 2011
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This book provides insight into the true liberal philosophy in its consistent form as the progressive international social division of labor with a liberal (free market) economy under private ownership of the means of productions, a peaceful foreign policy with free trade, tolerance, equality under the law, and limited government. It is unfortunate how the use of the term has come to mean the opposite of what it was originally intended but it's important to keep the true meaning alive. For anyone interested in true liberalism in the classical tradition this is a must read. It provides a great counter to the anti-liberal economic thought of today that dominates much of the world. Mises argues that communism or socialism, fascism or national socialism, and all interventionism will result in, not only totalitarianism of some sort, but a worse state of affairs than what they were originally at. These policies actually do more harm than good, often mostly to those they are intended to help. Liberalism is equality under the law where it favors no group and thus is a promoter of peace for all mankind. Today, groups are always in competition with each other for the greatest advantage from the State but it comes at the cost of everyone else. This is anti-liberal. If group conflict for privileges is done under the guise of liberalism, it just shows how backwards the true meaning of the word has come. As Mises said, "The American self-styled liberal aims at government omnipotence, is a resolute foe of free enterprise, and advocates all-round planning by the authorities, i.e., socialism." This is in direct contrast to the liberal capitalism and freedom for all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Introduction to the Austrian School, February 6, 2010
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As a percentage of GDP, the United States government spends more than the Chinese. There is no better measurement of socio-economic freedom, so is it right that we consider the situation in China to be communistic, and the U.S. to be a democratic, capitalistic society? Von Mises will please any mind that finds the preceding point elucidating.

He is a master of the Austrian (classical liberal) school of economics, his points are made brilliantly using history as a guide. 'Liberalism' is a fantastic non-technical description of his principles. VonMises is occasionally overzealous in his explication of the concept of liberty, but his zeal is a testament to the energizing power of these ideas. In a world where governments are involved in nearly ever process of our lives, 'Liberalism' points out that there is an economic 'path less taken', the path of individual freedom, and we have every right to believe that this path leads to a prosperity we can only dream of today.

Well written and insightful - 'Liberalism' is an excellent starting point to understanding the perspective of the classical liberal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Basic Argument for Economic Prosperity, January 30, 2014
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This book is written clearly and easily read discussions about economic freedoms and the arguments against it. For a small book, it packs a lot into it.

Some of his comments are "Governments tolerate private property when they are compelled to do so, but they do not acknowledge it voluntarily in recognition of its necessity."And, "The earlier opponents of the system of private ownership of the means of production did not attack...private property as such, but only the inequality of income distribution."

This would be a very good book for members of tea parties and other conservatives to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it., November 17, 2013
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E. M. WOLERY (Seattle, WA USA) - See all my reviews
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Very easy read and too the point. Everyone who wants to know the true story about Liberalism should read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Summary of classical liberalism, not the modern anti-liberalism that has claimed the title "liberal"., September 30, 2013
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I have read the whole book once, and re-read sections. I will reread the entire text at least 2 more times and use it as a reference.

It is a good overview of what liberalism stood for and why. It points out that the liberal agenda was never fully implemented in any country, but that where it was partially implemented prosperity blossomed and the condition of the poor improved dramatically. He explains the liberal stance on many subjects, and counters some critiques.

As he explains in the introduction, some of the material is dated or intended to address concerns that were current at the time it was written. Still, I found it quite revealing. If you value prosperity or improving the condition of the poor, it is a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended, September 2, 2013
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A sober and clear voice all the more important to be heard, and heeded, in this age when the truth needs to be unearthed from below the multiple layers of obfuscating rhetoric of political correctness.
B.G.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No vitriol, May 10, 2013
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I liked it because the books author gave a calm explanation and comparison between capitalism and socialism.
I like this approach because it give you rational thought in which to compare to different approaches to economics.
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