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.

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Murray Rothbard: The Origins of the Old Right

Taken from Rothbard’s Betrayal of the American Right. Right now, it’s only $9 in the Mises store. _____________________________ The Old Right, which constituted the American right wing from approximately the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s, was, if nothing else, an Opposition movement. Hostility to the Establishment was its hallmark, its very lifeblood. In fact, when in the 1950s …

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Thin Libertarianism and Tory Anarchism

Often, the libertarian creed must be restated to self-described libertarians who do not understand the relationship between libertarianism qua political theory and extra-libertarian commitments related to social and cultural concerns. That is to say, as the libertarian movement moves further into a more popular position, there are many libertarians who popularize libertarianism without being precise …

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Watching Iran

The US and Israeli governments have long wanted an excuse to militarily confront Iran, but it’s been a difficult situation. Now that there seems to be a popular uprising, a sudden collection of intense protests which even include some deaths, the Iranian government is under pressure to make zero mistakes. Any misstep could initiate foreign …

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Anti-German Propaganda and the Roots of Western Messianism

The title of this post certainly promises more than the post delivers. But after my previous excerpt on the matter of Churchill, I was motivated to follow it up with a few miscellaneous thoughts I’ve had as of recent. First, Hoppe mentioned in his celebration of Murray Rothbard earlier this year, that the two of …

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A Note on Capitalism and Laissez-Faire

At The Center for Gospel and Culture at Boyce College, David Kotter questions whether the Bible endorses “American Capitalism” or “Communist Central Planning.”  He begins as follows: The Bible does not endorse American-style Capitalism, nor did the early church practice Communist central planning in the early chapters of Acts. I suppose this can be agreeable, although Kotter …

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Nixon and the Political Power Paradigm in America

I noticed the following paragraph while reading Roger Stone’s book on Richard Nixon (my bold): “Although late to see the GOP’s lurch to the right under Goldwater and the power shift in the party from the eastern establishment [to] the Sunbelt conservatives, once he comprehended it, Nixon would court and nail down the right as a prelude to …

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Democratic Socialism and the End of Interventionism

A second group seems to be less radical. They reject socialism no less than capitalism. They recommend a third system, which, as they say, is as far from capitalism as it is from socialism, which as a third system of society’s economic organization, stands midway between the two other systems, and while retaining the advantages …

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Skousen on the Tom Woods Show– The Bull Market in Stocks

A quick thought on Tom‘s Skousen podcast today. Skousen expressed dissent from the general tendency amongst Austrians to always be fearing the next financial bust, instead arguing that people ought to invest in the markets. He argues that the reason the US stock markets constantly do well year over year is because we are still …

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Hoppe on Milton Friedman and the Drift Toward Statism

From Natural Elites, Intellectuals, and the State: This seemingly unstoppable drift toward statism is illustrated by the fate of the so-called Chicago School: Milton Friedman, his predecessors, and his followers. In the 1930s and 1940s, the Chicago School was still considered left-fringe, and justly so, considering that Friedman, for instance, advocated a central bank and …

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Hans-Hermann Hoppe on the Long-Term Capital Effects of Taxation

From The Economics and Ethics of Private Property Taxation is a coercive, non-contractual transfer of definite physical assets (nowadays mostly, but not exclusively money), and the value embodied in them, from a person or group of persons who first held these assets and who could have derived an income from further holding them, to another, …

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Walter Block’s Misunderstanding of Hans Hoppe: In Defense of Hoppe

Libertarianism is a “thin” political theory. It specifically deals with the issue of the proper role of aggression in inter-personal relations. It often helpfully summarized by the so-called Non-Agression Principle (NAP). The implications of this doctrine can be deduced from the Principle. As has been discussed here before, there are some who consider libertarianism to …

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Quote from Guido Hulsmann’s Mises Biography

Guido Hulsmann’s massive biography of Ludwig von Mises, entitled “Mises: The Last Knight of Liberalism” is a real gem. Liberalism in the title, of course, refers to the Old Liberalism, or classical liberalism, (pre-American Progressivist/socialist “liberalism.”) which taught the freedom of the individual against statism and political power– and more importantly at a historical level, developed the …

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Economics and Human Action: Praxeology as a Chosen Methodology

It is well known in Austrian circles that the methodology of economics is praxeology; that is, one can discover economic laws by discovering the implications of the fact that individuals act purposefully. Praxeology is the study of purposeful behavior, it is therefore not concerned with those motions and movements of the body without volitional engagement. These …

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There’s No Difference Between a Kind Capitalism and a Greedy Capitalism

I’m responding specifically to sentiments I’ve seen expressed in the conservative world as of recent. I’ve noticed there’s been a large injection lately of attempts to piously criticize a sort of “greedy” or “profit-oriented” capitalism. All of this is nonsense on stilts, built on the foundation of what Mises called the “Anti-capitalist mentality.” It is …

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