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  15. Natural Disasters, It Turns Out, Are Bad
  16. Does Money Taint Everything?
  17. Is Our Future Really $0?
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  27. Liberation by Internet: How Technology Destroys Tyranny
  28. The Importance of Capital Theory
  29. Private Coinage
  30. In Praise of Bankruptcy
  31. Is a Government Part   of a Free Country?
  32. A Fake Banking History of the United States
  33. The Nationalization of Credit?
  34. Economics and Its Opposite
  35. Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature
  36. Why Congress Must Stop the Fed's Massive Pumping
  37. Is There Such a Thing as Austrian Investing?
  38. The Dangers of Disputing Warming Orthodoxy
  39. Israel and Palestine: A Statist War
  40. Tax -  Cutting Keynesians
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  42. The Case for Natural Money
  43. Why Socialism is Popular With Voters, Despite Their Intellectual Distaste for It
  44. Stimulus, Savings, and Stocks
  45. The Political Chances of Genuine Liberalism
  46. The Miraculous Market
  47. Open Letter from One Non -  Economist to Another
  48. The Works of Leonard E. Read
  49. Trends Can Change
  50. There Will Be Hyper(Inflation)
  51. Introducing A Tiger By the Tail
  52. The Case Against "Smart Taxes" on Carbon
  53. The Costs of Carbon Legislation
  54. Inflation: What You See and What You Don't See
  55. Auditing the Fed will Audit the State
  56. The Evolution of an Anti -  Anti -  Communist
  57. Rereading "Our Enemy, the State"
  58. It All Started with Plato
  59. The Welfare State: Promising Protection in an Age of Anxiety
  60. The Economic Comeback of Germany
  61. Does Government Spending Bring Prosperity?
  62. The 19th -  Century Bernanke
  63. The Essence of Freedom
  64. A Four -  Step Healthcare Solution
  65. Our Enemy, the State
  66. Freedom Is Indivisible
  67. Conceived in Liberty
  68. Demand for Money and Supply of Money
  69. Witness the Freest Economy: The Internet
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  71. The Determination of the Purchasing Power of Money
  72. The Notion of Neutral Money
  73. The Specific Value of Money
  74. Compulsory Social Insurance
  75. Aristotle on Private Property and Money
  76. Sustainability: An Assault on Economics
  77. Should the State Support the Arts?
  78. The Money Substitutes
  79. "Atlas Shrugged" at Fifty
  80. Libertarianism in Ancient China
  81. Origins of Money
  82. Does the State Protect Us?
  83. Free Banking and Contract Law
  84. What Price a Planned Economy?
  85. Writers Can Prosper Without Intellectual Property
  86. Omnipotent Government
  87. The Roosevelt Myth
  88. Gold and Bank Secrecy
  89. Government Against Capitalists
  90. The Economics of Calvin and Calvinism
  91. Bimetallic Nightmare
  92. Salmasius: High -  Water Mark of Early -  Modern Interest Theory
  93. The Inflationist View of History
  94. The Gold Standard
  95. Copernicus and the Quantity Theory of Money
  96. The Stimulus Scam
  97. The American Revolution
  98. Religious Radicalism and Absolutist Moderation in 16th -  Century France
  99. The West' Available Capital Goods
  100. The Civil War in America
  101. Absolutist Thought in Italy
  102. Who Was Niccola Machiavelli?
  103. Some Applications of the Time -  Preference Theory
  104. Giovanni Botero: The First Malthusian
  105. Are We a Self -  Hating Commercial Society?
  106. The Skeptic as Absolutist: Michel de Montaigne
  107. Zamyatin Foresaw Totalitarianism and the Politics of Sex
  108. Jean Bodin: Apex of Absolutist Thought in France
  109. Mercantilism as the Economic Aspect of Absolutism
  110. Thank Goodness for Capitalism
  111. The Education Bubble
  112. Mercantilism in Spain
  113. Role of Interest in Entrepreneurial Calculations
  114. The New Bureaucratic Man
  115. Jean -  Baptiste Colbert
  116. Mises and Climate Change
  117. A Society of Mutual Benefactors
  118. Mercantilism in England
  119. Alleged Absence of Depressions Under Totalitarianism
  120. Prosperity vs. Peace
  121. Murray Rothbard at His Semicentennial
  122. Mercantilism and Inflation
  123. Credit Expansion vs. Simple Inflation
  124. Defending the Speculator
  125. Building the Ruling Elite
  126. Our Greatest Presidents?
  127. Living Outside the Statist Quo
  128. Bartholemy de Laffemas: The First Major French Mercantilist
  129. The Market Economy as Affected by the Recurrence of the Trade Cycle
  130. Defending the Rate Buster
  131. The Grandiose Failure of Francois du Noyer
  132. The Role Played by Unemployed Factors of Production in the First Stages of the Boom
  133. Defending the Slumlord
  134. Under the Rule of the Cardinals, 1624–1661
  135. The Anti -  Educational Effects of Public Schools
  136. The Fallacies of Nonmonetary Explanations of the Trade Cycle
  137. Work for Free
  138. Gathering Data while Washington Burns
  139. Defending the Gypsy Cab Driver
  140. Jean -  Baptiste Colbert and Louis XIV
  141. Catallactic Unemployment
  142. Introduction to "Theory and History"
  143. Defending the Litterer
  144. Louis XIV: Apogee of Absolutism
  145. Gross Wage Rates and Net Wage Rates
  146. Our Miracle of Pentecost
  147. Peasants, Rise Up! The Croquants of the 17th Century
  148. Wages and Subsistence
  149. Defending the Blackmailer
  150. Rising Opposition to Collectivism by Merchants and Nobles
  151. The History of Capitalism
  152. ACTA: The War on Progress, Freedom, and Human Civilization
  153. The Class Struggle
  154. Belesbat, Boisguilbert, and the Natural Order of the Free Market
  155. Remarks About the Popular Interpretation of the "Industrial Revolution"
  156. The Ideological Impregnation of Thought
  157. Wage Rates as Affected by the Vicissitudes of the Market
  158. The Conflict of Ideologies: Marxism vs. the Majority
  159. Market Data: Power, War, and Man
  160. Impassioned, Funny, Learned, Brilliant, Unfoolable, Relentless
  161. Ideas and Interests
  162. Tudor and Stuart Absolutism
  163. Introduction to "Strictly Confidential"
  164. The Limits of Property Rights and the Problems of External Costs and External Economies
  165. The Critics of Marxism
  166. Sir Thomas Smith: Mercantilist for Sound Money
  167. The Ultimate Source of Profit and Loss on the Market
  168. The Harmony of the “Rightly Understood” Interests
  169. The East India Company and Its 17th -  Century Defenders
  170. The Chimera of the Group Mind
  171. Prophet of "Empiricism"  -   Sir Francis Bacon
  172. The Rejection of Economics
  173. Sir William Petty and "Political Arithmetic"
  174. Historicist Relativism
  175. The Brilliance of Turgot
  176. Positivism and Behaviorism
  177. The Real Reason for FDR's Popularity
  178. Liberty and Property: the Levellers and Locke
  179. Sir Josiah Child: False Friend of Freedom
  180. The Collectivist Dogma
  181. John Locke vs. the Mercantilists
  182. History and Fiction
  183. They are No Angels
  184. The North Brothers: Building Economic Theory "From Principles Indisputably True"
  185. Rationalization in Politics and Life
  186. John Law: Proto -  Keynesian
  187. The Role of Environment in History
  188. Lord Townshend on Trade and Morality
  189. Private Property
  190. Bureaucracy in Retreat
  191. Richard Cantillon: The Founding Father of Modern Economics
  192. The Egalitarian Program
  193. Physiocracy and Free Trade in 18th -  Century France
  194. The New Deal and Prohibition
  195. Flooding the World with Truth
  196. Economic Nationalism Is a Philosophy of War

  1. Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature  [49:38]   Murray N. Rothbard
  2. Economics and Its Opposite  [7:57] Jeffrey A. Tucker
  3. Is a Government Part   of a Free Country?   [16:11] David Gordon
  4. On the Impossibility of Limited Government  [59:26] Hans -  Hermann Hoppe
  5. In Praise of Bankruptcy  [7:59] Henry Thompson
  6. Liberation by Internet: How Technology Destroys Tyranny  [37:14]  Gennady Stolyarov II
  7. Skyscrapers and Business Cycles  [1:03:58] Mark Thornton
  8. The Non -  Issue that Should Be an Issue  [15:39] Gregory Bresiger
  9. Speculation and the Housing Bailout . [4:05] Mark A. Pribonic
  10. Isaiah's Job . [36:37] Albert Jay Nock
  11. Challenge to America: A Current Assessment of Our Republic  [1:28:12] Ron Paul
  12. Is Our Future Really $0?  [12:45] Fernando Herrera -  Gonzalez
  13. What Is Fascism?  [1:15:54] John T. Flynn
  14. Unintended Consequences in the Process of Socializing Health Care  [12:07] D.W. MacKenzie
  15. Natural Disasters, It Turns Out, Are Bad  [7:11] Mark Thornton
  16. Does Money Taint Everything? . [10:33] Jeffrey A. Tucker
  17. The Evolution of an Anti -  Anti -  Communist   B.K. Marcus
  18. Mises and Climate Change  Clifford F. Thies
  19. What is Exploitation? Who Exploits Whom?
  20. The Inner Contradictions of the State  by Murray N. Rothbard
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  2. My Exchanges with Fed Chairmen  -   Ron Paul
  3. Challenge to America: A Current Assessment of Our Republic
  4. Gold, Peace, and Prosperity
  5. Mises and Austrian Economics: A Personal View
  6. The Fed and the Power Elite
  7. Private Coinage  6:53] Murray N. Rothbard
  8. Deflation and Liberty
  9. The Importance of Capital Theory  [25:27] Robert P. Murphy
  10. What You Should Know About Inflation    -   Henry Hazlitt
  11. Inflation Deflation Red -  flation Blue -  flation  [18:07] Matthew Beller
  12. A Fake Banking History of the United States  [16:32]Thomas J. DiLorenzo
  13. Austrian Monetary Economics
  14. The Nationalization of Credit?  [27:32]  Ludwig von Mises
  15. Bubbles Made of Paper: Then and Now
  16. Gold is Free Market Money
  17. How Abolishing the Fed Would Change Everything (for the better)
  18. Inflation in Recent Monetary History
  19. Entrepreneurship Under the Gold Standard
  20. Gold and the Good Guys: A Short History of American Thinkers on Money

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  9. How Bad Will It Get? Ferfal's INconvenient Truth on chaos, social unrest and violence 
  10. Financial Freedom  -   Nathan Martin explains the current monetary problems & possible REAL change.
  11. The Pension Pulse  -   Systemic & deflationary risks of Paygo Ponzi schemes.
  12. Unsustainable Trends Eventually End
  13. Fractional Reserve Banking Gets A Bad Rap.

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lew rockwellSpeaking of Liberty 
By Lew Rockwell

founder & president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute

Speaking of Liberty is a collection of speeches delivered by Rockwell over a period of ten years. The book explains why Austrian economics matters, how the Federal Reserve brings on the business cycle, why we need private property and free enterprise, the unrecognized glories of the free market economy with "price" as an informative guide for both consumers and investors, and the gold standard as the best monetary system. Other sections deal with war, Mises and other important thinkers, and the culture and morality of liberty.  Written in clear prose to reach a broad audience, Rockwell's new book is as pro -  liberty as it is critical of government. It is rigorous enough to withstand the enemy's closest scrutiny, and chock full of the energy and enthusiasm that will keep you reading.

The book is united by a set of fixed principles: the corruption of politics, the universality and immutability of the ideas of freedom, the centrality of sound money and free enterprise, the moral imperative of peace and trade, the importance of hope and tenacity in the struggle for liberty, and the need for everyone to join the intellectual fight.      . 

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What Has Government Done to Our Money?  
 by Murray Rothbard  
After presenting the basics of money and banking theory, Rothbard traces the decline of the dollar from the 18th century to the present, and provides lucid critiques of central banking, New Deal monetary policy, Nixonian fiat money, and fixed exchange rates. He also provides a blueprint for a return to a 100 percent reserve gold standard.  The book made huge theoretical advances. He was the first to prove that the government, and only the government, can destroy money on a mass scale, and he showed exactly how they go about this dirty deed.

But just as importantly, it is beautifully written. He tells a thrilling story because he loves the subject so much. The passion that Murray feels for the topic comes through in the prose and transfers to the reader. Readers become excited about the subject, and tell others.  Rothbard shows precisely how banks create money out of thin air and how the central bank, backed by government power, allows them to get away with it. He shows how exchange rates and interest rates would work in a true free market. When it comes to describing the end of the gold standard, he is not content to describe the big trends. He names names and ferrets out all the interest groups involved

From the same author :  The Ethics of  Liberty
listen to some highlights here:

The Nature of the State
The Moral Status of Relations to the State
On Relations between States 
The Inner Contradictions of the State

The Case for a 100% Gold Dollar, Part 1
The Case for a 100% Gold Dollar, Part 2

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Preface by Jörg Guido Hülsmann
I. Introduction
II. Money in a Free Society
III. Government Meddling With Money
IV. The Monetary Breakdown of the West

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The Law
by Frederic Bastiat
The Law is one of the most important books ever written on the uses and abuses of law. While short, The Law has proven itself time and time again to be life changing to those who read it.  In The Law, Bastiat states that "each of us has a natural right — from God — to defend his person, his liberty, and his property". The State is a "substitution of a common force for individual forces" to defend this right. The law becomes perverted when it punishes one's right to self -  defense in favor of another's acquired right to plunder.

Bastiat defines two forms of plunder: "stupid greed and false philanthropy". Stupid greed is "protective tariffs, subsidies, guaranteed profits" and false philanthropy is "guaranteed jobs, relief and welfare schemes, public education, progressive taxation, free credit, and public works". Monopolism and Socialism are legalized plunder which Bastiat emphasizes is legal but not legitimate.  ( )

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By: Alfred Marshall 1842-1924

Principles of Economics is a leading economics textbook by Alfred Marshall (1842-1924). Marshall began writing the treatise in 1881 and he spent much of the next decade at work on it. His plan for the work gradually extended to a two-volume compilation on the whole of economic thought; the first volume was published in 1890 to worldwide acclaim that established him as one of the leading economists of his time. It brought the ideas of supply and demand, of marginal utility and of the costs of production into a coherent whole, and became the dominant economic textbook in England for a long period. (Wikipedia).   This first introductory book gives the author’s overview of the field of economics. The recording is based on the eighth edition, published in 1920.

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George Orwell's 1984

George Orwell's classic was incredibly visionary. It is hardly fathomable that this book was written in 1948. Things that we take for granted today  -   cameras everywhere we go, phones being tapped, bodies being scanned for weapons remotely  -   all of these things were described in graphic detail in Orwell's book. 

Now that we have the Internet and people spying on other people w/ webcams and people purposely setting up their own webcams to let others "anonymously" watch them, you can see how this culture can develop into the Orwellian future described in "1984."

If you've heard such phrases as "Big Brother," "Newspeak," and "thought crime" and wondered where these phrases came from, they came from this incredible, vivid and disturbing book.

Winston Smith, the main character of the book is a vibrant, thinking man hiding within the plain mindless behavior he has to go through each day to not be considered a thought criminal. Everything is politically correct, children defy their parents (and are encouraged by the government to do so) and everyone pays constant allegiance to "Big Brother"  -   the government that watches everyone and knows what everyone is doing at all times  -   watching you shower, watching you having sex, watching you eat, watching you go to the bathroom and ultimately watching you die.

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Economics in One Lesson     by   Henry Hazlit

This primer on economic principles brilliantly analyzes the seen and unseen consequences of political and economic actions. In the words of F.A. Hayek, there is "no other modern book from which the intelligent layman can learn so much about the basic truths of economics in so short a time." 
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Economic Science and the Austrian Method

The audio book version of Economic Science and the Austrian Method, by Hans-Hermann Hoppe, as read by Gennady Stolyarov

Economic Science and the Austrian Method

Speaking of Liberty

Selections from the audio book version of Speaking of Liberty, by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

The Austrian Theory of the Trade Cycle

The audio book version of The Austrian Theory of the Trade Cycle, compiled by Richard M. Ebeling, as read by Gennady Stolyarov, II.

The Austrian Theory of the Trade Cycle

Deflation and Liberty

Written by Jörg Guido Hülsmann, this monograph addresses a critically important issue: the prevailing view that deflation is a catastrophe that must be stopped. Read by Dr. Floy Lilley.

Deflation and Liberty

Gold, Peace, and Prosperity

Written in the clearest possible terms with the goal of explaining the basics of paper money and its effects of inflation, business cycles, and government growth, this monograph by Ron Paul first appeared in 1981, and it has been in wide distribution ever since. Read by Floy Lilley.

Gold, Peace, and Prosperity

The Man versus The State

Written in 1884 by Herbert Spencer. Read by Jock Coats.

The Man versus The State

The Failure of the "New Economics"

Henry Hazlitt's commentary and refutation of one of the most destructive, fallacious, and convoluted books of the century. Read by Josiah Schmidt.


Murray N. Rothbard Audiobooks

Audio book versions of selected works by Murray N. Rothbard.

Murray N. Rothbard Audiobooks

Our Enemy, The State

What does one need to know about politics? In some ways, Albert Jay Nock has summed it all up in this astonishing book, the influence of which has grown every year since its publication. Read by Jock Coats.

Our Enemy, The State

Chaos Theory: Two Essays On Market Anarchy

Anyone interested in exploring the farthest reaches of anarchist theory must come to terms with this account by Robert P. Murphy. Read by Jock Coats.


Defending the Undefendable

The audio book version of Defending the Undefendable, by Walter Block, as read by Jeff Riggenbach.

Defending the Undefendable

Ludwig von Mises Audiobooks

Audio book versions of selected works by Ludwig von Mises.

Ludwig von Mises Audiobooks

Mises: The Last Knight of Liberalism

Jörg Guido Hülsmann's sweeping intellectual biography of Ludwig von Mises, the 20th century's most astonishing dissident intellectual. Narrated by Paul Strikwerda.

Mises: The Last Knight of Liberalism

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My Years with Ludwig von Mises

No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority

The Austrian School of Economics: A History of Its Ideas, Ambassadors, and Institutions

The Driver

The Law

The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude

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founder & president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute

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The Stateless Society
  Life without government? Here's how it works  -   and why it is so crucial ! 
Stephan Molineux The single greatest danger to human life is the centralized political State, who extinguished more than 170 million souls during the last century, the bloodiest rampage in recorded history. Modern States are the last and greatest remaining predators. The danger has not abated with the demise of communism and fascism. All Western democracies currently face vast and accelerating escalations of State power and centralized control over economic and civic life. In almost all Western democracies, the State chooses how children are educated,  the interest rate citizens can borrow at, the value of currency, how employees can be hired and fired, how more than 50% of their citizens’ time and money are disposed, when to go to war, who can live in the country,  where we can build our houses etc...Most of these intrusions into personal liberty have occurred over the past 90 years. States are parasites which always expand until they destroy their host population.  Most people are comfortable with the idea of reducing the size and power of the State. Most become uncomfortable with the idea of getting rid of it (almost) completely. It can be done and make us all hapier and wealthier and spontanuoaus order will replace the  planned chaos.   read more
10 Myths about Stateless Societies
Good functioning Stateless Economies:  the black & gray market
Free Riding into Slavery  -   An analysis of the 'free rider' problem in economics
Corruption  -   How a stateless society deals with the problem of corruption 
The State turns everyone into a tool  -   Two examples of moral corruption...

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    Free Minds and Free Markets

    Ever wonder what gives the government the power to just take away your family's home?
    Ever worry that the medicine that keeps you alive might be declared illegal by the Feds?
    Ever think that the government doesn't always know best?

    Join host Drew Carey and Reason for a series of documentaries that take a hard look
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    Tune in to for Drew's latest take on everything from medical marijuana
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    American Enterprise Institute
    Economic Policy Studies

    AEI's work on economic policy seeks to understand the functioning of free economies
      -   -  how to preserve them, how to solve the problems that arise in them,
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    This podcast features recordings of events related to monetary policy,
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    AEI Debates: QE2=The Titanic?
    A History of the Federal Reserve
    AEI Debates: How Much Government is Good Government?
    Should Greece Default? Lessons from Argentina
    Government Size and Implications for Economic Growth
    Power Hungry: The Myths of 'Green' Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future
    Living in the Post -  Bubble World: What's Next?
    Public -  Pension Deficits: How Big? Can They Ever Be Paid?
    Do We Need a New Stimulus Package? Estimates of Spending and Tax Multipliers
    The Impact of Labor Taxes on Labor Supply
    Preventing the Next Bubble
    Greece on the Skids: Can the Eurozone Survive?
    Reviving Democratic Capitalism
    Locating the Source of Taxable Income in a Global Economy
    Global Imbalances: The Next Crisis?
    Is It Possible to Reprivatize the U.S. Financial System?
    This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly
    The Global Financial Crisis: A Plan for Regulatory Reform
    How to Reclaim American Prosperity

    Alan-WattAlan Watt, Canadian author and historian, describes in this fascinating series how authorities use increasingly intrusive legislation to progressively invade our privacy and undermine our civil liberties. He sees this process as Part   of a systematic and global conspiracy by the political and financial elites to establish global governance and a new world order. He shows that the fiat monetary system, CO2 restrictions, the global warming scam, urbanism, indoctrination in state schools, ecologism,  invasive security measures etc... are all Part  s of a consistent master plan to undermine civil liberties and to transform our democratic societies into a police state under which all civil liberties will be gone. He warns the sheeple for a totally controlled society where every individual will have a chip implant and will be living as serfs under the feudal powers of the new world order elites.

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    Radio Liberty Underground explores libertarian philosophy. Your host, Citizen X, discusses important issues and problems facing the Western world and explains that the solution to many of these problems lies in returning to the libertarian roots that made us a shining beacon of liberty and freedom to the world. 

    The Western world is being destroyed from within by out of control, unaccountable government at all levels; an establishment media that is supposed to be the government's watchdog, but has become the government's lapdog; and, sadly, the apathy of the people.  It's time to wake up.  Radio Liberty Underground is the alarm clock !
    Fractional reserve banking & the Federal Reserve System  
    The cost and effects of fiat currency and monetary inflation.
    What causes the boom/bust cycle?
    Politics means conflict, liberty means harmony & prosperity
    Personal liberty depends on economic freedom.
    The importance of private property to a free society.
    Living without coercion. The trap of government granted freedoms
    The free market and the fraud of socialism.
    Responsibility goes hand in hand with liberty
    The Nature of Government Government is, by nature, force.
    Who owns you? That is the most basic question in politics.
    Drugs are bad, but even well intended tyranny is worse.
    Gun control means people control. Self -  defense is a right.
    Punishment versus resitution. A victim based justice system.
    Crimes vs. vices. A libertarian look at crime in a free society.
    War is a racket. A non -  interventionist foreign policy.
    What is the basis of law? What purpose does it serve?
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    Koen Deconinck legt de wortels bloot
    van de huidige financiële crisis.
    Hij vertrekt bij de essentiële economische
    inzichten en bouwt die stap voor stap op naar
    de verklaring voor huidige depressie.


    The Foundation for Economic Education   (FEE), one of the oldest free -  market organizations in the U.S. , was founded in 1946 by Leonard E. Read to study and advance the freedom philosophy. FEE’s mission is to offer the most consistent case for the “first principles” of freedom: the sanctity of private  property, Foundation for Economic Education individual liberty, the rule of law, the free market, and the moral superiority of individual choice and responsibility over coercion.

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    with listeners questioning the master
    Aired: Monday, January 03, 2005

    In the 1950s, Friedman advocated a flat tax and school vouchers. His teachings have reached into countries as different as Chile and China. Even at age 92, Nobel Prize -  winning economist Milton Friedman remains a true radical.  Friedman says that the United States, under President George W. Bush, is winning what he calls "the war of ideas." Now, he wants to see true free -  market ideology put into practice.  Tune in to hear a conversation with Milton Friedman about President Bush's economic instincts and the way ahead for the U.S. economy.

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    The Peter Schiff Show

    Peter Schiff  is an American businessman, investment broker, author and
    financial commentator. 
    He personally host his daily radio show. 
    Inspired by the Austrian School of Economics, 
    Schiff is known for his bearish views on the dollar and dollar denominated assets,  while bullish on investment in tangible assets as well as foreign stocks and currencies.

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    Provides investors with valuable monetary, economic, geo-political and financial information that cannot be found on Wall Street. With economic expert and host David McAlvany, you will be given a solid strategy of wealth preservation for your financial and retirement assets while living in an unstable economy.

    Mauldin's thoughts from the Frontline

    John MauldinJohn Mauldin is a multiple Best Selling author and recognized financial expert.  He has been heard on CNBC, Bloomberg and many radio shows across the US.  Mauldin is the editor of the
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    education economicsGeorge Gordon is a beloved author and private lecturer of civil law and courtroom strategy and procedure. He won several cases over  civil rights violations by local or state authorities. Some of which went as far as to the U.S. Supreme Court.  He also is a subsistence farmer pursuant to the Mozaic land laws. He now is living peacefully in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, proud of having achieved a peacefull way of life without any government intrusion.  In this most informative and entertaining audio series George Gordon  covers among many other interests diverse economic subjects. He analyses cause and effect of the credit bubble, inflation, and unwraped the unsustainable Social Security System....

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    QE2: Every economic move by the Government is calculated to benefit the Wall Street banks
    There isn't anything that government can do half as well, for twice as much.
    The Bankers Caused the Problem with Paper Money
    Who are the Villain in this Credit Crisis ?
    This deflation is temporary | Expect hyperinflation after debt deleverageing
    Surviving Hyper -  Inflation
    It's Already Worse than the 1930's 
    The parable of the cards
    Position Yourself to Make Money in this Depression
    Bet on hyperinflation then depression in your business model
    Similarities between the present and 1923 Weimar period
    An insider reveals the real extent of the sub prime scam
    Strong currency is a prerequisite of liberty
    Could hyperinflation devellop in Food shortage ?
    Economic Bubbles: the fallacy of the CPI   (consumer Price Index)
    The bankruptcy of the Social Security System and reforms needed
    Hyperinflation : The Baby boomer retirement problem in a nutshell
    What's good for the goose is sauce for the gander 
    Recession  -   The R Word   Part 1      Part2    Part3    Part4   Part5   Part6    Part7
    Takings & Property Rights  Part 1   Part2    Part3    Part4   Part5 
    Bubblequake  Part 1                        Part2    Part3    Part4   Part5   Part6   Part7
    Hyperinflation -  Part 1                       Part6   Part7
    Farewell Welfare State 1                  Part2   Part3     Part4 
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    ★★ Financial-Sense-Newshour
    ★ McAlvany Weekly Comment
    Frisby's Bulls And Bears
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    The Disciplined Investor
    BBC  Hardtalk
    Academic Analysis
    ★★ EconTalk- Econ. Library
    ★★ The Mises-Institute
    ★ Peterson Institute
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    ★ Cato Daily Podcast
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    The Invisible Hand
    Complete Liberty Podcast
    The Corbett Report
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    Voice of Radical Dissent
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