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Subjective Value and Market Prices

SubjectivismValue and Exchange

02/07/2011Mises Daily Articles
Precisely because value is subjective, voluntary trades are win-win situations. At the same time, market prices are objective measures of wealth, and these allow for rational economic calculation.

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Blame the Physiocrats for Objective-Value Theory

History of the Austrian School of EconomicsSubjectivism

01/27/2011Mises Daily Articles
It was the physiocrats who broke with centuries of sound economic reasoning and contributed to what would become, in the hands of Smith and Ricardo, a reactionary and obscurantist destruction of the correct analysis of value.

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Why the Definition of Probability Matters

Calculation and KnowledgeSubjectivism

01/26/2011Audio/Video
Human beings do not possess a mystical property of "probability" inside them; rather, they always act on their subjective beliefs and values. Probability in the human world is thus merely a measure of man's uncertainty about the subjective beliefs and values that influence the actions...

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Why the Definition of Probability Matters

History of the Austrian School of EconomicsSubjectivism

01/26/2011Mises Daily Articles
Human beings do not possess a mystical property of "probability" inside them; rather, they always act on their subjective beliefs and values. Probability in the human world is thus merely a measure of man's uncertainty about the subjective beliefs and values that influence the actions of other men.

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Terri Schiavo

Media and CultureInterventionismSubjectivism

01/01/2011The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The case of Terri Schiavo is almost as controversial as it is tragic.The controversy? Her husband is adamant that the doctors pull the plug on Terri, and her parents are just as determined to keep her alive.
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The People on the Move

Free MarketsGlobal EconomyEntrepreneurshipSubjectivism

12/02/2010Mises Daily Articles
The Keurig coffee maker is another landmark in the long struggle to leave the state of nature and climb to ever-higher stages of the great chain of being. At each stage, we can easily observe the path from the collective to the individual.

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Rationalization in Politics and Life

Philosophy and MethodologySubjectivism

11/17/2010Audio/Video
A man who is obliged to justify his handling of a matter in the eyes of other people often resorts to a pretext. As the motive of his deviation from the most suitable way of procedure he ascribes another reason than that which actually prompted him, writes Ludwig von Mises (1881–1973). This...

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History and Fiction

World HistoryPhilosophy and MethodologySubjectivism

11/10/2010Audio/Video
It is a hopeless task to interpret a symphony, a painting, or a novel. The interpreter at best tries to tell us something about his reaction to the work. He cannot tell us with certainty what the creator's meaning was or what other people may see in it, writes Ludwig von Mises (1881–1973...

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The Collectivist Dogma

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical TheorySubjectivism

11/03/2010Audio/Video
The collectivist doctrines look upon the individual merely as a refractory rebel. This sinful wretch has the impudence to give preference to his petty selfish interests as against the sublime interests of the great god society, writes Ludwig von Mises (1881–1973). This audio Mises Daily,...

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Positivism and Behaviorism

Philosophy and MethodologySubjectivism

10/20/2010Audio/Video
The most obtrusive champion of the neopositivist program concerning the sciences of human action was Otto Neurath, who, in 1919, was one of the outstanding leaders of the short-lived Soviet regime of Munich and later cooperated briefly in Moscow with the bureaucracy of the Bolsheviks, writes Ludwig...

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