Has the guy no decency? Does he not think that--unless he is nothing but a user using Ron Paul--now would be a time to be quiet?
The absence of normal hman empathy and social reciprocity is remarkable.
The "Chairman and CEO":
After Ludwig von Mises's death in 1973, the Austrian School—and therefore the undiluted cause of liberty and prosperity—was in the doldrums. There were great Austrian economists teaching—preeminently Murray N. Rothbard—but they were isolated, and the pro-Fed Chicago School was in the ascendant. The great books were difficult to come by, and young people had almost no place to go, to learn about real free market and sound money, and their intellectual foundations.
You can understand why Margit von Mises, his widow, was so thrilled to learn of plans for a Mises Institute a few years after her husband's death, and gave it her blessing. Murray literally clapped his hands in glee when he heard. Since then, the Austrian School has blossomed, and not only in the US, but around the world. We have masses of brilliant students, and of faculty, too. Top journalists and businessmen, financiers and professionals, swell our ranks. We hope you will join us as well.
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Ludwig von Mises Institute
Their website censored me when I contradicted them. I did it in a manner that should have offended no one save the selfish and greedy for their selfishness and greed alone. I did not "rant" or what have you. It was a few paragraphs pointing out the errors in their reasoning. However, because mine were excellent observations contradicting them and that, therefore, would have caused others to have their faith in anarcho-capitalism shaken to the core, they did not allow the comment out of their moderation queue.
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