Monday, October 26, 2009

The Courage of Ludwig von Mises

Lew Rockwell has penned a magnificent essay on Austrian Theory and the life of Ludwig von Mises.

This courage to say the unpopular thing marked the life of Ludwig von Mises. Today, his name resonates around the world. The tributes to him pour out on a monthly and weekly basis. His books remain massive sellers. He is the standard-bearer for science in the service of human freedom. Especially after Guido Hülsmann's biography of Mises appeared, the appreciation for his courage and nobility have grown.

But we must remember that it was not always so, and it did not have to be so. This kind of immortality is granted in no small measure because of the discrete moral choices he made in life. For if you had asked anyone about this man between 1925 and the late 1960s — the bulk of his career — the answer would have been that he was washed up, old school, too doctrinaire, intransigent, unwilling to engage the profession, attached to antique ideas, and his own worst enemy.
The moral of the story: always, always, always do the right thing, no matter what. I like these kinds of stories. Inspirational. It's a long one, but it made my day. Hat tip: Vox Day.

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