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Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.

Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.

Llewellyn Harrison "Lew" Rockwell, Jr. (born July 1, 1944) is an American libertarian author and editor, self-professed anarcho-capitalist, a promoter of the Austrian School of economics, and founder and chairman of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

Articles by Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.

A Vital Book for Our Time

21 days ago

[The Last Gold Rush…Ever!: 7 Reasons for the Runaway Gold Market and How You Can Profit from It, by Charles Goyette and Bill Haynes. Post Hill Press, 2020. 240 pages.] In this magnificent book, Charles Goyette and Bill Haynes offer readers something you will get nowhere else. They expose the deep state’s awful plans for us. …

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Ron Paul: Wisdom from a Master

October 26, 2020

America today confronts an unprecedented crisis. Our economy is collapsing, and the fake coronavirus “epidemic,” with its draconian restrictions, is destroying our liberty. What can we do? We’re fortunate that Dr. Ron Paul, our greatest living American, has provided a masterful diagnosis and offers us hope for a cure—if only we will listen. The End …

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Self-Defense and “Taking the Law into Your Own Hands”

October 6, 2020

It’s increasingly clear two things are going on: leftists are very interested in taking their rioting and looting far beyond city limits, and government police are not interested in doing much about it. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Millian Quinteros. Original Article: “Self-Defense and ‘Taking the Law into …

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The Core of Austrian Theory

October 5, 2020

If the hallmark of conventional economics is unrealistic models, the hallmark of Austrian economics is a profound appreciation of the price system. Prices provide us with critical information about the relative scarcity of goods and services. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack. Original Article: “The Core of …

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The Core of Austrian Theory

September 29, 2020

[This essay is a selection from “Why Austrian Economics Matters.”] The concepts of scarcity and choice lie at the heart of Austrian economics. Man is constantly faced with a wide array of choices. Every action implies forgone alternatives or costs. And every action, by definition, is designed to improve the actor’s lot from his point …

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Self-Defense and “Taking the Law into Your Own Hands”

September 29, 2020

The riots in Louisville are only the latest in a long string of violent, raging mob riots by the criminal Marxist BLM movement, their mostly white “antifa” thuggish allies, and assorted looters. In this case, “Two police officers have been shot in Louisville, Ky., amid riots following the announcement of an indictment in the shooting …

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The Collapsing Universities—and What We Can Do about It

September 19, 2020

It is sad that the contemporary American university has sunk so low from the heights of medieval Oxford, Cambridge, Paris, and Salamanca. Fortunately, private alternatives are still available. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Millian Quinteros. Original Article: “The Collapsing Universities—and What We Can Do about It”.

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The Collapsing Universities—and What We Can Do About It

September 5, 2020

America’s universities have been taken over by the Left, but the way they are reacting to the fake covid-19 crisis gives us a chance to reconstitute higher education on sound free market principles. In the name of “diversity,” academic standards have been gutted. Here are some examples. Emily Walton, a sociology professor at Dartmouth, teaches …

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Are Universities Finished?

July 25, 2020

Higher education in America today is in a crisis. The diversity thought police pounce on anyone who offers the slightest resistance to them. Here are a few examples “Students at pricey Marymount Manhattan College are demanding a veteran professor be fired for allegedly falling asleep during an anti-racism Zoom meeting. Students at the Upper East …

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What If Public Schools Were Abolished?

July 14, 2020

In American culture, public schools are praised in public and criticized in private, which is roughly the opposite of how we tend to treat large-scale enterprises like Walmart. In public, everyone says that Walmart is awful, filled with shoddy foreign products and exploiting workers. But in private, we buy the well-priced, quality goods, and long …

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War for Hong Kong?

June 6, 2020

The United States has been trying to provoke China into a conflict for years. But Americans benefit far more from peace with China. We shouldn’t fall for the state’s latest hate campaign against foreigners. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Millian Quinteros. Original Article: “War for Hong Kong?”

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Riots: Not Fun nor Profit for the Rest of Us

June 5, 2020

Last Monday, May 25, George Floyd died in police custody after an arrest in Minneapolis. Floyd had moved to Minneapolis trying to “start a new life” after a long prison sentence. According to one account, “Floyd was charged in 2007 with armed robbery in a home invasion in Houston and in 2009 was sentenced to five …

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War for Hong Kong?

June 2, 2020

President Trump faces trouble, and he is handling it in a dangerous way. Our economy is reeling as the Fed pours out billions of dollars in a futile effort to avert disaster. We know to our cost that politicians, faced with crisis at home, provoke war “to busy giddy minds with foreign quarrels.” Unfortunately, this is …

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The End of Civilization?

April 20, 2020

Even if the COVOID-19 virus turns out to be more severe than the skeptics give us reason to think it is, we can get through it. We cannot survive the end of the division of labor. It would be the finish of civilization as we know it. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by …

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The End of Civilization?

March 24, 2020

Governments all over the world are using the alleged threat of a COVID-19 pandemic to shut down the world’s economy. Daniel Lacalle, an authority on energy economics, writes: “The decision to shut down air travel and close all nonessential businesses is now a reality in major global economies. The United States has banned all European …

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Against the Left

March 24, 2020

Against the Left explores something basic to libertarianism that many people today have forgotten. As everyone knows, libertarians view the State and the individual as fundamentally opposed. People who freely interact in the market create on their own a wonderful society that advances progress. In Against the Left, we examine some key battlegrounds in the …

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War On China?

March 17, 2020

People are understandably upset about the coronavirus epidemic, but if we’re not careful, an even greater danger lies ahead. Sinister forces in American political life are using the crisis to incite war with China and to stir up bad feelings towards the Chinese people. The Chinese people are in fact heroic. They are our friends, …

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What Would Murray Say About the Coronavirus?

March 5, 2020

Murray Rothbard died in January 1995, long before this year’s coronavirus scare. But the principles this great thinker taught us can help us answer questions about the coronavirus outbreak which trouble many of us. Would the US government be justified in imposing massive involuntary quarantines in order to slow down the spread of disease? What about …

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Blago Is Free

February 21, 2020

On Tuesday, February 18, President Trump with excellent judgment commuted the fourteen-year prison sentence of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, a.k.a. “Blago.” “We have commuted the sentence of Rod Blagojevich,” Trump said. “He’ll be able to go back home with his family after serving eight years in jail. That was a tremendously powerful, ridiculous sentence in …

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And Rightly So: The Wisdon of Neil McCaffrey

February 4, 2020

[And Rightly So: Selected Letters and Articles of Neil McCaffrey. Edited by Peter S. Kwasniewski. Roman Catholic Books, 2019. 386 pages.] Reading this book brought back many memories. It consists mostly of Neil McCaffrey’s letters, several of his articles and memos, and a few letters to him. Neil McCaffrey was an extraordinary man who became my …

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Working Around Leviathan

January 16, 2020

Here is what strikes me as a profound political paradox. The US government is larger, more consolidated, more powerful, and more intrusive than it has ever been in its history —indeed our sweet land of liberty is now host to the most powerful leviathan state that has ever existed. Never before has a government in …

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Butler Shaffer, RIP

January 1, 2020

We mourn the passing of our good friend Butler Shaffer, who died yesterday afternoon at the age of eighty-four. Butler was a libertarian at a time when there were very few libertarians in the world. Like many supporters of the free market, he was first attracted to the Republican Party. He supported Barry Goldwater for …

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Hazlitt and Keynes: Opposite Callings

December 30, 2019

[This talk was delivered at the Mises Circle in Houston, Texas, on January 22, 2011. The audio of this speech is available here.] John Maynard Keynes was born in 1883 and died in 1946. Henry Hazlitt was born in 1894, eleven years after Keynes, and lived much longer, until 1993. Their lives and loyalties are …

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A Message from Lew Rockwell

December 19, 2019

What a great year this has been for the Mises Institute! New books, productive conferences, more students than ever, all to advance the cause of economic freedom in academia and public life. Has it made a difference? Yes! There was a time, some years ago, when one mention of Mises or Rothbard in the popular …

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Ron Paul, Hero

November 11, 2019

Includes an introduction by Jeff Deist. Recorded on November 9, 2019, in Lake Jackson, Texas.

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How Central Banks Fund Our Age of Endless War

October 31, 2019

[This talk was delivered at the Mises Circle in New York City on September 14, 2012.]   The 20th century was the century of total war. Limitations on the scope of war, built up over many centuries, had already begun to break down in the 19th century, but they were altogether obliterated in the 20th. …

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Ludwig von Mises, Hero

October 28, 2019

Ludwig von Mises and his work remain incredibly prescient and relevant today. The world needs his voice more than ever, and our speakers celebrate Mises as a supremely vital thinker well-suited for today’s challenges. Recorded in Los Angeles, California, on October 26, 2019.

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The Myth of “Planned Obsolescence”

October 22, 2019

The Free Market 26, no. 2 (February 2005) John Kenneth Galbraith, that insufferable puritan, wrote an odd book in 1958 called The Affluent Society, and it had a huge influence on several generations of anti-market activists. The burden of the book was to brazenly shift the terms of the debate over socialism and capitalism. Whereas …

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A Biography of Henry Hazlitt

October 5, 2019

The art of economics consists of looking not merely at the immediate but at the longer effects of any act or policy; it consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups. If you want to know where American supporters of free markets learned economics, take a look …

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Two Views on Social Order: Conflict or Cooperation?

October 2, 2019

[This talk was delivered on June 1, 2007, at the Future of Freedom Foundation’s Conference on “Restoring the Republic: Foreign Affairs and Civil Liberties.”] There are two clear and present dangers to liberty in America. One is known as the Left, and the other is known as the Right. They are dangerous because they seek …

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