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, etc.
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”. Other great works on the topic include Franz Oppenheimer’s The State: Its History and Development Viewed Sociologically (290 pages) and Herbert Spencer’s The Man versus the State (518 pages).
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.
On how functions like law, security, and defense could be served in an Anarchist society, see Robert Murphy’s Chaos Theory (65 pages), Morris & Linda Tannehill’s Market for Liberty (169 pages), Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s Democracy: The God That Failed (293 pages – book review), David Friedman’s Machinery of Freedom (267 pages) and Murray N. Rothbard’s essay “Society Without a State“.
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.
To get a further grasp of economic thinking, see Claude-Frédéric Bastiat’s That Which is Seen, And That Which is Not Seen and Ludwig von Mises’ Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science (133 pages – book review). Other great works by Mises are Bureaucracy (125 pages), Profit and Loss (56 pages – book review) and Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis (592 pages).
On the Austrian school of economics in particular, as well as its relationship with the libertarian philosophy of self-ownership and property rights, some must-reads are A Spontaneous Order by Christopher “Chase” Rachels (178 pages) and The Ethics of Liberty by Murray N. Rothbard (274 pages).
I emphasize the nature and importance of conspiracy theories for one’s search of truth in my article Why the State Revels in Crises and in my book review of Milton William Cooper’s Behold a Pale Horse (500 pages). That book is highly recommended if one really wants to investigate and understand conspiracy theories.