CJay Engel
CJay Engel
Creator and Editor of Austro Libertarian. Lives in Northern CA, runs several businesses, spends time with his family, and reads as much economics and political theory as possible.

Marxism, Reformism, and Interventionism

One of the points that I made in my previous article on socialism is that the Orthodox Marxists define socialism as the situation in which there is public (community) ownership of the means of production. Since historically labelled socialist regimes (Stalin, Venezuela) do not match this definition and because the means of production were controlled […]

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Raimondo skewers Charles Koch

The wonderful Justin Raimondo, a defender of the Old Guard libertarians, has a nice, sizable column on Charles Koch and his “low tax liberalism” flavor of libertarianism in the Spectator USA. Definitely worth the read.

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"True Socialism" and the State: A Follow-Up

Quick note: I’ve decided to shift the blog section of the site from a separate subdomain to the main site, in its own category. So all future articles will show up at AustroLibertarian.com. As a followup to my article yesterday on the meaning of socialism, I want to make a quick comment on the idea of […]

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True Socialism: Has It Been Tried Yet?

Many people active on Twitter have come across, in one way or another the Twitter account for The Socialist Party of Great Britain. One of their primary themes is apparently searching for uses of the word “socialism” and then responding that “X is not true socialism because socialism is the public ownership of the means […]

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How Politicians Pander

Bob Wenzel notes: House Speaker Paul Ryan has announced that he will not seek re-election in November. Ryan listed Rand’s, Atlas Shrugged, as one of the three books he most frequently rereads but the principles of Rand never seemed to sink in. As House Speaker, he acted more like a weak LBJ than Rand. Here’s […]

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Liberalism Round Two: Bionic Mosquito Edition

UPDATE: BM replied to this and I replied to his reply. ______________________________________ Bionic Mosquito offered interaction with my previous post on liberalism this morning. This was good. It gives me a chance to elaborate, to clarify. What other mosquito do you know of that opens up such tremendous opportunity? I share with my Bionic friend a […]

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Liberalism and Loneliness?

The weekend opinion section of the Washington Post published a short piece reflecting on Patrick Deneen’s book “Why Liberalism Failed.” Titled “Liberalism is Loneliness,” the article offers an opportunity to interact with the same complaints against classical liberalism that have arisen since the early days of its existence. Authored by Christine Emba, the article suggests […]

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Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt

I keep coming back to Paul Gottfried’s excellent book, Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt (from here on MPG). As with most of Gottfried’s writings, it is remarkable in its clear, yet nuanced, unfolding of the central themes of our time. Among the most fundamental and prevalent “Dominant Social Themes” (as Anthony Wile of The […]

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The Unique Importance of the Tory Anarchist

If ever there was a phrase that deserved more widespread repute in libertarian circles, it is the charming title “Tory Anarchist,” which Murray Rothbard— though not the first to apply it— gave to the likes of H.L. Mencken and Albert Nock in his book The Betrayal of the American Right. What he meant by this phrase, together with a case for its adoption today, are the themes of the present article.

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David Hogg and Political Activeness

Politics is the rejection of self-determination and the handing over of individual decision making to a corrupt and treacherous body of scoundrels to set the path forward for an entire people.

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AERC and the Mises Institute: Reflections

As I write this, I am pressed against the window on a four-hour plane ride from Atlanta back to California. And my mind is in constant replay of the remarkable experience I had in Auburn, Alabama. I’m embarrassed to say that this was my first visit to the Mises Institute and I used the Austrian […]

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Two Austrian Schools: The Mengerians and the Walrasians

Anyone who has spent a decent amount of time browsing overviews of Austrian School economics has no doubt come across the fact that Carl Menger was the Father of Austrian Economics. Mises once wrote that “until the end of the [eighteen] seventies there was no ‘Austrian School.’ There was only Carl Menger.” From this fact […]

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Austrians and Empirical Evidence

I was asked recently by a Facebook friend the following: [C]an you explain to me the canard about how Austrians don’t believe empirical evidence or statistics factor into the study of economics? Is this true? It is often argued that Austrians work on presupposed axioms which may or may not have empirical evidence for it, […]

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Capitalism as Mutually Beneficial Cooperation

It is precisely capitalism that provides the way for civilization as a whole to leave behind conditions of poverty, and it is capitalism that does so in a necessarily cooperative manner.

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Economic Coup D'etat and German Guilt at the Dawn of the Euro

When the West’s Bretton Woods monetary agreement (see Phase V here) fell to pieces in the late 1960s, the time was ripe for the European socialists to pursue their vision for a single European currency that would be used by as many countries as possible. Because governments love fiat money that can be printed up at […]

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Mises (1951): Some Observations on Current Economic Methods and Policies

By Ludwig von Mises (written in 1951, published for the first time in Money, Method, and the Market Process)

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Five Misunderstandings of the Austrian View of Inflation and the Business Cycle

Some clarification is necessary regarding the Austrian view of inflation and the Boom-Bust cycle. Unfortunately, the Austrian view is often mischaracterized; sometimes by Keynesians and other economic Progressives, and other times by general critics of the Fed and those who purport to represent the Austrian view. I’ve picked a handful of them to address here. […]

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H.L. Mencken on the Government's Money and Services

HL Mencken from his article More of the Same, original published in the American Mercury in 1925: When a private citizen is robbed a worthy man is deprived of the fruits of his industry and thrift; when the government is robbed the worst that happens is that certain rogues and loafers have less money to […]

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Gerard Casey and Murray Rothbard on the Nature of the State

Casey doesn’t mess around: States are criminal organizations. All states, not just the obviously totalitarian or repressive ones. […] I intend this statement to be understood literally and not as some form of rhetorical exaggeration. The argument is simple. Theft, robbery, kidnapping and murder are all crimes. Those who engage in such activities, whether on […]

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Paul Gottfried Dissents from the Thought Controllers

“Media elites decide what “we as a people” should or shouldn’t be. Who asked you?” —Gottfried.

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I, Customer: Blind Sheep Edition

I commented on a Wall Street Journal article which was about the fact that Apple Music subscribers were set to surpass Spotify subscribers in the US. Seeing the number of anti-Apple leftists commenting, and having a couple minutes to spare, I laid the bait: I love Apple in every way. Can’t get enough of their products. […]

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Excerpt from Mises' Biography

I like this first part of the preface of Mises: The Last Knight of Liberalism, brilliantly researched and written by Jorg Guido Hulsmann. It really captures Hulsmann’s appreciation for Mises, and touches on Mises’ contributions to the freedom philosophy. IN THE SUMMER OF 1940, with Hitler’s troops moving through France to encircle Switzerland, Ludwig von […]

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Rights Have Supremacy Over the "Will of the People"

Left wing populists, such as the increasingly followed Robert Reich, have recognized that the US economic and political system is basically controlled by the well-connected elite. These corrupt persons operate on the framework of leveraging the Federal government for their own economic and political empowerment. However, by not having a proper understanding of rights and […]

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Thick Libertarianism Eviscerated: A Response to Charles Johnson

In reading Charles Johnson’s oddly impactful 2008 essay Libertarianism Through Thick and Thin, I was perplexed by the sheer weight of unnecessary confusion and blurring of the language.  It is a peculiar thing to see a political theory as clear and simple as libertarianism become suddenly and unnecessarily wrapped up in obscure and ambiguous language.  […]

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Announcing: Austro Libertarian Podcast

Here’s everything you need to know. I’m pleased to announce that Austro Libertarian now has a podcast. The format is simple: myself and a cohost, Ben Lewis, will conduct interviews and conversations relating to Austro Libertarian ideas and themes, sometimes perhaps current event commentary. We welcome suggestions and feedback. In fact, I’m considering adding a […]

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