Philosophy and Principles
The MisesRevived blog is run by Stefan M. Kløvning and is dedicated to elaborating free-market principles and the practicability of an Anarchist society. Seeking a world without a “government”, the author delineates the logical contradictions upon which the myth of “authority” lies; exposes the waste, inefficiency, and corruption of “government” programs; explains how economic theory indicates that a free market economy lays the foundation for a much more prosperous society than an interventionist one; establishes a philosophical groundwork for emphasizing personal and economic liberty, and so on.
The name of the blog is taken from the great 20th-century economist and political philosopher Ludwig von Mises. Though Mises himself wasn’t an Anarchist and even strongly opposed it, he was a central figure for elaborating the philosophy and economics of liberty, as well as the inherent problems with “government” activity, and worked hard throughout his life in the ideological battle between (classical) liberalism and Socialism/interventionism. His motto, taken from an ancient Roman poet, tu ne cede malis, sed contra auterior ito [do not give in to evil but advance ever more boldly against it], was one which he consistently followed, which is apparent from his great body of work. Those characteristics of Mises are the ones sought to be “revived” in this blog: A bold and consistent defense of the liberty of the individual, and having a strong discipline to underpin the effort.
About the Author
Stefan is a Norwegian high school student studying economics in his spare time, with aspirations of eventually taking a Ph.D. in economics and afterward contributing to growth in the private sector. He’s a follower of the Austrian School of Economics, drawing inspiration mainly from Claude-Frédéric Bastiat, Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard, and blogs regularly about thoughts on a variety of topics, mainly economics and politics, but also philosophy, psychology, and history.
A succinct and easily readable introduction to the Anarchist philosophy, which dispels many common objections thereof, is provided in Larken Rose’s What Anarchy Is Not (36 pages). For a more in-depth analysis, see his The Most Dangerous Superstition (212 pages).
In addition to Rose’s great writings on the topic, Murray N. Rothbard’s Anatomy of the State (55 pages) presents a perceptive and eloquent philosophical analysis of the fundamental problems with the concept of a “State”.
For more details, No Treason (129 pages) by Lysander Spooner is recommended for a comprehensive critique of the legitimacy of the Constitution, as well as any similar founding documents. Spooner also explains a central libertarian tenet in Vices Are Not Crimes (18 pages), where he distinguishes between crimes (activities harming someone else’s body or property) and vices (activities harming one own’s body or property), of which only the former should be subjected to punishment.
For those completely new to economics, Bob Murphy’s Lessons for the Young Economist (376 pages) may be among the best works explaining the basic principles and concepts. Henry Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson, likewise provide a great introduction to the field of economics.