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Planning for Freedom, and Sixteen Other Essays and Addresses: Ludwig Von Mises. Also, the Essential Von Mises

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This book has grown, from thirteen essays to seventeen essays. It is now the largest ever. There are now four additional essays of special merit.

Also, for the first time, an analytical and descriptive essay has been added, "The Essential Von Mises," by a former student, Murray N. Rothbard, which is extraordinarily helpful.

How do you introduce Mises into your thinking?

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Hardcover, 280 pages
Published June 1st 1983 by Libertarian Press, Incorporated (first published 1952)
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CJay Engel
This is probably the best collection of Mises essays. If you are new to Mises, I suggest you take a look!
Pedro Jorge
Apr 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This should read as 3.4 stars out of 5.

This collection of essays is a very good introduction to some of the themes Mises cared about the most. It's mostly pedagogical and aiming at a wider audience. If you never read Mises, this is a great place to start before you go read Bureaucracy.

However, I guess I was hoping for a deeper analysis, specially from the economic perspective. The essays can get a bit repetitive at times. They mostly focus on the impossibility of a "middle of the road" policy, p
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John Sharp
What more can be said about Ludwig von Mises that hasn't already been said. You can learn more in these sparse pages than in a 4 year degree in economics. Insights into nature, governments, and economics with the turn of each page. If you want to know, this book is for you.
Jennifer
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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A great collection of essays, beginning with Planning for Freedom, discussing the differences between free market, interventionist and planned economies.
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PLANNING FOR FREEDOM: LET THE MARKET SYSTEM WORK (Lib Works Ludwig Von Mises PB) by LUDWIG VON MISES (2008)
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Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises (German pronunciation: [ˈluːtvɪç fɔn ˈmiːzəs]; September 29, 1881 – October 10, 1973) was an Austrian economist, historian, philosopher, author, and classical liberal who had a significant influence on the modern free-market libertarian movement and the Austrian School.
“The elimination of profit, whatever methods may be resorted to for its execution, must transform society into a senseless jumble.” 4 likes
“At any rate, planning in this sense means all-around planning by the government and enforcement of these plans by the police power. Planning in this sense means full government control of business. It is the antithesis of free enterprise, private initiative, private ownership of the means of production, market economy, and the price system. Planning and capitalism are ut- terly incompatible. Within a system of planning production is conducted according to the government's orders, not according to the plans of capitalists and entrepreneurs eager to profit by best filling the wants of the consumers.” 3 likes
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