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Liberty And Property


“Liberty and Property”
Mises, Mont Pelerin Society (1954)


“Liberty and Property”
Mises, Two Essays by Ludwig Von Mises

Study Questions:

1. What was liberty in the eyes of ancient Greek and Roman writers?

2. What was a second notion of liberty, held by European princes?

3. What does Mises consider the “characteristic feature of capitalism that distinguishes it from pre-capitalistic methods of productions”?

4. In what sense are capitalists, entrepreneurs, and landowners “mandatories” of the consumers?

5. Mises says that representative government may be viewed as an attempt to model political affairs after the market, but that this design can never be fully achieved. Why not?

6. What is the connection between “heretics” such as Kafka, Whitman, and Schopenauer to private property?

7. Why are terms such as “chocolate king” inappropriate?

8. Why does Mises think the socialist chiefs should have tried to earn a living selling hot dogs?

9. Why does Mises think the “one-party principle” is a misnomer?

10. How does Mises evaluate the bargain by which Russians gave away their liberty in order to achieve prosperity?

11. Why does Mises write, “Government is essentially the negation of liberty”?

12. Does Mises think government is a necessary evil?

13. Why can’t there be any freedom under a socialist system?

14. Why does Mises say that private property in the material factors of production “is not a restriction of the freedom of all other people to choose what suits them best”?

15. What is the “distinctive principle of Western social philosophy,” and what is its connection to liberty and property?

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