Read Hoppe, Then Nothing Is the Same

by Stephan Kinsella on June 12, 2011

in Austrian Economics,Libertarianism

My article, “Read Hoppe, Then Nothing Is the Same,” discussing my upcoming Mises Academy course, “The Social Theory of Hoppe” (Mondays, July 11-Aug. 21, 2011) was published on Mises Daily last Friday, June 10 2011. The article has also been translated into Spanish: Tras leer a Hoppe, nada es lo mismo.

“Read Hoppe, Then Nothing Is the Same” by Stephan Kinsella

Combining Misesian praxeology with Rothbardian insights, Hoppe has developed a magnificent, integrated edifice of rational thought.


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Thom Brogan June 14, 2011 at 10:07 am

Hi Attorney Kinsella!

If you were to recommend a Hoppe book to a layperson as a starting point for Hoppe’s ideas, which would it be?



Stephan Kinsella June 14, 2011 at 10:49 am

TSC, but it’s pretty advanced. When I write my 100 page “Hoppe: A Very Short Introduction,” I’ll point you to that. :)


Thom Brogan June 14, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Thanks much! Once I finish America’s Great Depression, I’ll smash my brain on A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism.

Ever notice that, if you remove just one letter from Hoppe’s last name and put the remaining letters on a pro-statist bumpersticker, you’ll quickly find someone to avoid? :D


Thom Brogan August 3, 2011 at 6:05 am

Thanks, Stephan!

Read Hoppe’s A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism and loved it!

At first, I was thinking “Well the title’s not as sexy as Democracy: The God That Failed, so maybe that one’s just for the cool kids,” but then reading example after example of his argumentation ethics and his destruction of Popper’s rational empiricism as both a method and as a pee-poor defense of social engineering and I was like “zOMG! Han-Hermann rules!” And then my wife asked me to stop talking like a youngster, but I still loved the book. Thanks for the recommendation!


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