Richard M. Ebeling

Richard M. Ebeling

Dr. Richard Ebeling is the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Free Enterprise Leadership at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. He is the author of "Austrian Economics and Public Policy: Restoring Freedom and Prosperity" (Future of Freedom Foundation, 2016); "Monetary Central Planning and the State" (Future of Freedom Foundation, 2015); "Political Economy, Public Policy and Monetary Economics: Ludwig von Mises and the Austrian Tradition" (Routledge, 2010); and "Austrian Economics and the Political Economy of Freedom" (Edward Elgar, 2003). He is also editor of the three-volume work, "Selected Essays of Ludwig von Mises" (Liberty Fund, 2000; 2003; 2013), the co-editor of the anthology, "When We are Free," 6th ed. (Northwood University Press, 2014), and the co-author and co-editor of the five-volume, "In Defense of Capitalism" (Northwood University Press, 2009-2014) Dr. Ebeling writes a regular column that appears weekly on the website of the Future of Freedom Foundation (, and he has a 9-part video "Introduction to Austrian Economics," sponsored by FFF: The author of hundreds of articles, his writings have appeared in the "Washington Times," the "Boston Globe," "Investor's Business Daily," "Detroit News," "National Review Online," "Reason," "The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty," "Freedom Daily," "American Journal of Economics and Sociology," "Political Studies," "International Journal of World Peace," "Advances in Austrian Economics," and numerous other publications. His articles received wide international recognition and have been published in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala, Hungary, Lithuania, Mexico, Panama, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine. Dr. Ebeling appears frequently on radio talk shows around the United States, discussing government policy and the American economy. He is regularly interviewed by Radio Liberty on American and Russian political and economic affairs, which are then translated and broadcast into Russia. He has appeared on Fox News, CNBC and on Fox Business News with Neil Cavuto, and RT-America. In 1990-1991, Richard Ebeling frequently traveled to the former Soviet Union consulting with the government of Lithuania and with members of the Russian Parliament and the city of Moscow on free-market reform and privatization of the socialist economy. In January 1991 he witnessed firsthand the Soviet military crackdown in Vilnius, Lithuania, during which 13 people were killed. While in Moscow in August 1991 he joined the defenders of freedom and democracy at the barricades surrounding the Russian Parliament during the failed Soviet hard-line Communist coup attempt. In October 1996, Richard Ebeling traveled to Moscow, Russia, once again, this time uncovering the "lost papers" of the famous Austrian economist and leading advocate of free enterprise, Ludwig von Mises. Looted by the Nazis from his Vienna apartment in 1938, Mises' papers were captured by the Soviet Army at the end of the Second World War. Dr. Ebeling was able to obtain photocopies of virtually the entire collection of documents numbering about 10,000 items, which had been kept in a formerly secret KGB archive in Moscow for 50 years. He has also edited, "Money, Method and the Market Process: Essays by Ludwig von Mises" (1990), "Austrian Economics: A Reader" (1991), and "Austrian Economics: Perspectives on the Past and Prospects for the Future" (1991). In addition, he is the co-editor of "The Dangers of Socialized Medicine" (1994), "The Case for Free Trade and Open Immigration" (1995), "The Failure of America's Foreign Wars" (1996), "The Tyranny of Gun Control" (1998), and "Liberty, Security, and the War on Terrorism" (2003). Prior to his appointment at The Citadel, Dr. Ebeling was professor of economics at Northwood University, in Midland, Michigan (2009-2014), and was the Shelby C. Davis Visiting Professor in American Economic History and Entrepreneurship at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut (2008-2009), and a senior fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (2008-2009). He served as the president of the Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington, New York (2003-2008), and was the Ludwig von Mises Professor of Economics at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan (1988-2003). Dr. Ebeling also taught economics at the University of Dallas in Dallas, Texas (1984-1988), and at the National University of Ireland at Cork (1981-1983). Richard Ebeling received his Ph.D. in Economics from Middlesex University in London, England, his M.A. in Economics from Rutgers University, and his B.A. in Economics from California State University, Sacramento. He received the "Franz Cuhel Award for Excellence in Free Market Education," presented by the Liberalni Institute at the annual Prague Conference on Political Economy (Prague, April 2007) and the "Liberty in Theory: Lifetime Award" for contributions advancing the case for classical liberalism, presented by Libertarian Alliance/Libertarian International (London, November 2005). He has also twice been a Hayek Fellow at the Institute for Humane Studies. Richard Ebeling and his wife, Anna, live in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, with their standard royal Poodle, "Fritzie." They have a daughter and three grandchildren.

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