Sunday, January 25, 2009

Blogging Menger

This post is part of a series exploring Principles of Economics by Carl Menger.

Jeffrey Tucker, editorial vice president at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and one of the few libertarian writers these days whose prose can pack as much punch and pleasure as that of the late Murray Rothbard (see his articles here and here), had a gem of an idea:

I'm live blogging this book on intellectual property, Boldrine and Levine, and it occurs to me that this is a great exercise. It takes a lot of discipline but it is great training and a wonderful service. I'm learning more by live blogging it than merely reading it through. Here is my proposal. If you plan to live blog any book in the Mises store, from top to bottom, on this forum or on your own blog or somewhere else, meaning write on each chapter, summary and critique and commentary, we will send it to you for free. Any book. Just write me a note at and we will send it to you. But you have to live up to your promise. Does that sound like a deal?

It certainly did to me, so I took him up on it. So a following series of posts will discuss the founding document of Austrian Economics: Principles of Economics by Carl Menger (complete etext and downloadable PDF available from

Next in this series: The Contribution of Menger

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