Mises: The Last Knight of Liberalism By Jörg Guideo Hülsmann

  • Author: Jörg Guideo Hülsmann
  • Published: 2007


Ludwig von Mises’s colleagues in Europe called him the “last knight of liberalism” because he was the champion of an ideal of liberty they consider dead and gone in an age of central planning and socialism of all varieties. During his lifetime, they were largely correct. And thus the subtitle of this book.

But he was not deterred in any respect: not in his scientific work, not in his writing or publishing, and not in his relentless fight against every form of statism. Born in 1881, he taught in Europe and the Americas during his century, and died in 1973 before the dawn of a new epoch that would validate his life and ideals in the minds of millions of people around the world. The last knight of liberalism triumphed.

Here is a magisterial book for today and the ages, one that inspires awe for both the subject and the author who accomplished the seemingly impossible: a sweeping intellectual biography, constructed from original sources, of the 20th century’s most astonishing dissident intellectual. It has the apparatus of a great scholarly work but the drama of a classic novel.

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  • B.K. Marcus

    Mises: The Last Knight of Liberalism

    Mises: The Last Knight of Liberalism by Jörg Guideo Hülsmann I spent a year of my life inside this book. It was the first book I ever edited, and it is still my favorite. I was a fan of Misesian economics and philosophy, but before this book, I didn’t know that Ludwig von Mises’s life was as dramatic, exciting, fascinating, and inspirational as this biography shows it to have been. Author Jörg Guideo Hülsmann weaves together the events of Mises’s life with an intellectual biography of his work as it developed over the decades. The unexpected benefit of Mises: The Last Knight of Liberalism is a thorough grounding in the relevant history, epistemology, and economic theory. Just this one book can make you well read in the tradition of liberty. Questions, comments, observations or elaborations? Either reply here or create a new discussion using the tag Library_mises-the-last-knight-of-liberalism

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