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In 1927, classical liberalism, based on a belief in individualism, reason, capitalism, and free trade, was dying, when one of the 20th century's greatest social thinkers wrote this combative and convincing restatement. Nowhere are the key principles of Mises' philosophy better represented than in this timeless work.

Mises was a careful and logical theoretician who believed that ideas rule the world, and this especially comes to light in Liberalism.

"The ultimate outcome of the struggle" between liberalism and totalitarianism, say Mises, "will not be decided by arms, but by ideas. It is ideas that group men into fighting factions, that press the weapons into their hands, and that determine against whom and for whom the weapons shall be used. It is they alone, and not arms, that, in the last analysis, turn the scales."

Public Domain (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Excellent! Need I say more?

What made the experience of listening to Liberalism the most enjoyable?

This book explains what real Classical Liberalism is, not the current Liberalism known to the North Americans who hijacked the term and made it mean exactly the opposite of what it is supposed to be! Here you here it from the best Libertarian Austrian Economist of them all!

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  • Raymond
  • VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON, United States
  • 03-11-13

Almost a monotone voice

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes! But most of the people who need to hear this wouldn't take the time.

What other book might you compare Liberalism to and why?

On Liberty: John Stuart Mill

What three words best describe Wanda McCaddon’s performance?

Better a male voice...sorry

Was Liberalism worth the listening time?

Yes... a piece at a time.

Any additional comments?

Almost never disappointed.

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Classical Liberalism Explained

Ludwig Von Mises does a thorough job of explaining classical liberalism in this book. I must admit that its characteristics are in American society, largely nonexistent. Special interests have massively co-opted nearly all of our institutions (both private and public). Nevertheless, we must be prepared to give an answer to those who are, or will be disillusioned by the current state of affairs. To that end, this book is very helpful!