Friday, September 29, 2006

Happy Birthday, Ludwig von Mises

Today, September 29, 2006, marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig von Mises. Although he has not been with us for quite some time, Mises inspires us regularly through his excellent writing about government, politics, and economics.

I love what Murray Rothbard had to say on the day of Mises's death:

When Mises died, and I was preparing an obituary, Professor Raico kindly sent me a deeply moving passage from Adonais, Shelley's great eulogy to Keats, that, as usual for Raico, struck just the right note in a final assessment of Mises:

For such as he can lend — they borrow not
Glory from those who made the world their prey:
And he is gathered to the kings of thought
Who waged contention with their time's decay,
And of the past are all that cannot pass away.

Of course, the Mises Institute and others are writing essays in his honor.

Mises on his 125th anniversary (J.G. Hulsmann)

Ludwig von Mises: Defender of Capitalism (George Reisman)

Rest in peace, Ludwig von Mises, you have not been forgotten, and your work was not in vain. Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito!

Update: The Mises Institute is selling Human Action: The Scholar's Edition for 20% for the next two days in Mises's honor. That is an absolute steal. And here is another link to more tributes to Ludwig von Mises.