Philosophy and Principles
The MisesRevived blog is run by Stefan M. Kløvning and is dedicated to elaborating free-market principles and the practicability of an Anarchist society. Seeking a world without a “government”, the author delineates the logical contradictions upon which the myth of “authority” lies; exposes the waste, inefficiency, and corruption of “government” programs; explains how economic theory indicates that a free market economy lays the foundation for a much more prosperous society than an interventionist one; establishes a philosophical groundwork for emphasizing personal and economic liberty, etc.
The name of the blog is taken from the great 20th-century economist and political philosopher Ludwig von Mises. Though Mises himself wasn’t an Anarchist and even strongly opposed it, he was a central figure for elaborating the philosophy and economics of liberty, as well as the inherent problems with “government” activity, and worked hard throughout his life in the ideological battle between (classical) liberalism and Socialism/interventionism. His motto, taken from an ancient Roman poet, tu ne cede malis, sed contra auterior ito [do not give in to evil but advance ever more boldly against it], was one which he consistently followed, which is apparent from his great body of work. Those characteristics are what is sought to be “revived” in this blog: A bold and consistent defense of the liberty of the individual, and having a strong discipline to underpin the effort.
Although the blog is to a large degree dedicated to Mises, Stefan also builds on a great variety of academic and philosophical traditions. He considers, for instance, the philosophies of Stoicism and Existentialism to be of great value for a perspective of personal growth, while he may cite many other philosophers to present and reflect upon a diversity of perspectives on the issues he’s analyzing. For his thinking on Austro-libertarianism, he, besides Mises, also builds on the works of Murray Rothbard, David Friedman, Edward Stringham, Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Walter Block, Claude-Frédéric Bastiat, Leonard Read, Henry Hazlitt, H.L. Mencken, and others for his thinking on Austro-libertarianism. Stefan’s favorite book is The Problem of Political Authority by Michael Huemer, which he considers a must-read work for anyone curious about the philosophical and practical merits of free-market Anarchism.
About the Author
Stefan M. Kløvning is a former journalist for the British alternative media site Goldfire Media and now writes regularly on a personal blog about various topics of interest, including political, economic, and philosophical questions. His writing has been featured at sites like the Activist Post, Austro-Libertarian, The New Libertarian, Libertarian Institute, Foundation of Economic Education, Rutherford Institute, Coinivore, Galactic Connection, and the State of Globe. Stefan is also the author of “Vaccines as Weapons Against Us” and the host of the educational channel “The Praxeological Academy” on YouTube, Vimeo, and Bitchute.
A succinct and easily readable introduction to the Anarchist philosophy, which dispels many common objections thereof, is provided in Larken Rose’s What Anarchy Is Not (36 pages). For a more in-depth analysis, see his The Most Dangerous Superstition (212 pages).
In addition to Rose’s great writings on the topic, Murray N. Rothbard’s Anatomy of the State (55 pages) presents a perceptive and eloquent philosophical analysis of the fundamental problems with the concept of a “State”. Other great works on the topic include Franz Oppenheimer’s The State: Its History and Development Viewed Sociologically (290 pages) and Herbert Spencer’s The Man versus the State (518 pages).
For more details, No Treason (129 pages) by Lysander Spooner is recommended for a comprehensive critique of the legitimacy of the Constitution, as well as any similar founding documents. Spooner also explains a central libertarian tenet in Vices Are Not Crimes (18 pages), where he distinguishes between crimes (activities harming someone else’s body or property) and vices (activities harming one own’s body or property), of which only the former should be subjected to punishment.
On how functions like law, security, and defense could be served in an Anarchist society, see Robert Murphy’s Chaos Theory (65 pages), Morris & Linda Tannehill’s Market for Liberty (169 pages), Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s Democracy: The God That Failed (293 pages – book review), David Friedman’s Machinery of Freedom (267 pages) and Murray N. Rothbard’s essay “Society Without a State“.
For those completely new to economics, Bob Murphy’s Lessons for the Young Economist (376 pages) may be among the best works explaining the basic principles and concepts. Henry Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson, likewise provide a great introduction to the field of economics.
To get a further grasp of economic thinking, see Claude-Frédéric Bastiat’s That Which is Seen, And That Which is Not Seen and Ludwig von Mises’ Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science (133 pages – book review). Other great works by Mises are Bureaucracy (125 pages), Profit and Loss (56 pages – book review) and Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis (592 pages).
On the Austrian school of economics in particular, as well as its relationship with the libertarian philosophy of self-ownership and property rights, some must-reads are A Spontaneous Order by Christopher “Chase” Rachels (178 pages) and The Ethics of Liberty by Murray N. Rothbard (274 pages).
I emphasize the nature and importance of conspiracy theories for one’s search of truth in my article Why the State Revels in Crises and in my book review of Milton William Cooper’s Behold a Pale Horse (500 pages). That book is highly recommended if one really wants to investigate and understand conspiracy theories. Another thought-provoking work is David Icke’s Everything You Need to Know But Have Never Been Taught (698 pages), which I’ve also written a book review on.