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Back in the 1990s there was a fascinating debate carried on among various Austrians, mostly in the pages of the Review of Austrian Economics (RAE), on the issue of socialism, the economic calculation problem, and the “knowledge” argument advanced by Hayek and various Hayekians.

The debate was kicked off by some provocative comments by Misesian-Rothbardian Joseph Salerno, first in his Postscript to a 1990 reprint of Mises’s great 1920 article on the socialist calculation problem, and followed by Salerno’s 1993 article kicking off the Mises-Hayek “dehomogenization” debate.

I’ve compiled below a chronological listing of these pieces, and a few other works, with links to online versions, where available, for those who feel like reading up on this interesting issue. This is basically a (skeletal) ebook.

If anyone is aware of any significant material I have omitted, please let me know.

Update: I’ve combined most of the “main debate” and “additional materials” files into a single PDF.

Background:

Main modern debate:

See also:

For an example of an application of some of these views to legal and economic issues, see Kinsella, Knowledge, Calculation, Conflict, and Law (review essay of Randy E. Barnett, The Structure of Liberty), Winter 1999, Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics.

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 205.

This is my Austrian AV Club Interview by Redmond Weissenberger, Director of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada, back from Aug. 25, 2012. We had a long-ranging discussion on the issue of net neutrality, and we touched on other issues as well including various ways the state impinges on Internet freedom, such as in the name of IP (SOPA, ACTA), child pornography, terrorism, online gambling, and so on.

For background on some of the issues discussed, see my posts Net Neutrality DevelopmentsKinsella on This Week in Law discussing IP, Net NeutralityAgainst Net Neutrality.

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The Great Fractional Reserve/Freebanking Debate

Back in the 1990s there was a fascinating debate carried on among various Austrians, mostly in the pages of the Review of Austrian Economics (RAE) or Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics (QJAE), on the issue of fractional-reserve banking and so-called free banking. On the one hand were Rothbardians such as Hoppe, Hülsmann, Huerta de Soto, and Salerno; on the other, supporters of freebanking such as Selgin, White, Dowd, and Horwitz. The Rothbardians believe fractional-reserve banking is unstable and fraudulent; the free bankers disagree. My own take is that the Rothbardians are right on the economics, although I think the fraud charge could be obviated with sufficient warnings to customers and recipients of FRB notes.

I’ve compiled below a chronological listing of these pieces, and a few other works, with links to online versions, where available, for those who feel like reading up on this interesting issue. This is basically a (skeletal) ebook.

If anyone is aware of any significant material I have omitted, please let me know.

Background material:

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 204.

From episode 087 of the Outside the Music Box podcast, “A PODCAST ABOUT PEOPLE, Centered on Music,” hosted by James Newcomb.

In this episode of Outside the Music Box, we discuss one of the most sacred cows in life, that of Intellectual Property (IP). Stephan explains his position that IP creates confusion regarding the whole concept of property in general. He then gives practical guidance on how to survive and even thrive in this brave new world of IP in which we find ourselves.

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KOL203 | Libertarian Theory Q&A – Facebook Live

Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 203.

This is a Libertarianism Q&A I did using the new Facebook Mentions “Live Video” feature (from this Facebook post). I fielded a few questions on various topics, e.g. verbal threats as assault, assault and battery, causality, praxeology, etc.

Background:

Facebook Live Video below:

Libertarian Theory Q&A

Posted by Stephan Kinsella on Monday, January 11, 2016

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 202.

I discussed the libertarian non-aggression principle with Tom Woods on his show today, Episode 566:

Ep. 566 Why Are Some Libertarians Rejecting the Nonaggression Principle?

Column Discussed

Six Reasons Libertarians Should Reject the Non-Aggression Principle,” by Matt Zwolinski

See also my:

 

 

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KOL201 | Mid-Life Criss Podcast: IP and Anarchy

Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 201.

I was a guest today on the Mid-Life Criss podcast, episode 4, produced by my friend Jack Criss, of BAMSouth. We discussed my IP views, anarchy, and a few related matters.

 

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 200.

I was interviewed yesterday by Steve Rose of The Anarchist Standard about a libertarian/anarchist strategy and a variety of other matters.

From his description:

“Stephan and I discussed his path to anarchism, the changing labels for the liberty movement, artificial intelligence, religion, world government, and prospects for the future of liberty.”

 

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