• Liberalism

  • In the Classical Tradition
  • By: Ludwig von Mises
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (425 ratings)

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Liberalism

By: Ludwig von Mises
Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
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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."

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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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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!

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Doing great, until...

Reveals that the foundation of the "liberal ideology" he wants implemented is founded on the rocks of the "pure sciences" of sociology and economics. Neither is a science, let alone pure. Also, when everyone everywhere has to live the way you want or your system won't work, you need a new ideal system. Helpfully reveals what an unrealistically idealistic view this version of liberalism is.

Still, this is an essential introduction to "classical" liberalism, which is not what the epithet-version of that word means today.

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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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A must-read/listen

An indispensable defense of classical liberalism. highly recommended listen! I enjoyed it immensely and learned a lot.

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good summary of Classical Liberalism

A necessary and simple guide on the nuances between rhe key political ideologies explainimg clearly the obvious pitfalls of socialism and also of hibrid approaches which may all be considered as interventionism. Only Liberalism by keeping State intervention to the Core and Noble mission of providing essentially Security, Health,Justice and Education and also by ensuring that Economy and Society run by its Natural Course within the Law and suoported on Capitalism and the Basic principle of Private Property, will contribute to the Highest productivity of labor and Overall prosperity of the Community! God bless Mises for his emlightened Work!

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Must read for all 'liberals '

it's the kind of book everyone must read. For liberals it's necessary to read and understand to regain the understanding of a liberal world. Today's modern liberal has abandoned Liberty for poverty and enslavement.

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existential part of ocidental education

Ever wonder why socialism makes no sense in a capital society? that's your answer: It does not. What brings freedom and prosperity always was the libertarian society... they told you that capitalism is the villain, and yet, we live in a capitalism society, and all elements of freedom of choice, and thinking, derives from it.

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still relevant

for being written 94 years ago, this book is still relevant, and provides a long-range context and historical perspective of, and argument in favor of...liberalism, against socialism. The reader's Mary Poppins accent used too much vocal inflection for my liking.

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Great book, subpar narration

The narrator is hard to listen to. both her voice, but also the quality of the sound recording equipment used.

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  • 09-01-21

brilliant

anyone looking to further their understanding of this topic or strengthen their argument should read this book. A fundamental break down of the ideology that answers some of it's criticisms. classic, will listen again some time no doubt

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  • 01-09-22

Reinvigoratingly optimistic, yet sadly wrong

The book is read well, but it's hard to give a 5 star rating for reading a treaty that doesn't need too much interpretation on the part of the narrator.
Books' content gives us some insight into a mind of a brilliant economist whose main mistake was putting too much faith in humanity and underestimating how powerful regimes can be. Since it was written in 1927 Mises openly assumes that states are willing to keep their currency tied to some external value, and that all authoritarians will soon bow down to the will of majority, and fascist would resign their power to democratic elections.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-20-22

Mediocre at best

The book wasn't as profound or enlightening as I had expected after reading Human Action. This might also be why I experienced it as such; most of the wisdom contained in praxeology is the grounding for why the liberal doctrine is superior.