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Ralph Raico

Tags World HistoryHistory of the Austrian School of EconomicsOther Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and Methodology

Works Published inSpeeches and PresentationsMises Daily ArticleThe Journal of Libertarian StudiesThe Free MarketReview of Austrian Economics, Volumes 1-10Articles of Interest

Ralph Raico (1936-2016) was Professor Emeritus in European history at Buffalo State College and a senior fellow of the Mises Institute. He was a specialist on the history of liberty, the liberal tradition in Europe, and the relationship between war and the rise of the state. He is the author of The Place of Religion in the Liberal Philosophy of Constant, Tocqueville, and Lord Acton.

A bibliography of Ralph Raico's work, compiled by Tyler Kubik, is found here.

Great Wars and Great Leaders: A Libertarian Rebuttal

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyWorld History

12/08/2010Books
Ralph Raico — the great historian of classical liberalism — strips away the veneer of exalted leaders and beloved wars.
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The Place of Religion in the Liberal Philosophy of Constant, Tocqueville, and Lord Acton

BiographiesWorld HistoryPolitical Theory

09/15/1970Books
Were the liberals of the 18th and 19th century truly foreshadowing the hippies of the 1960s, and thereby in need of the correcting force of conservatism to add piety and an appreciation of tradition to their love of freedom?
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Classical Liberalism and the Austrian School

World HistoryHistory of the Austrian School of EconomicsPolitical Theory

02/15/2012Books
Here is the book to learn classical liberalism from the ground up, written by the foremost historian in the Austrian tradition — Ralph Raico.
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Liberation from the Parasite State

Free MarketsWorld HistoryEntrepreneurshipOther Schools of Thought

07/18/2019Mises Daily Articles
Liberalism has many meanings, but I wish to maintain that the most authentic form of liberalism has been concerned above all with two things: the expansion of a free functioning civil society and the restriction of the activity of the state.
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Benjamin Constant: French Liberal Extraordinaire

BiographiesThe EntrepreneurWorld HistoryPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

06/29/2019Mises Daily Articles
"He loved liberty as other men love power," was the judgment passed on Benjamin Constant by a contemporary. His lifelong concern, both as a writer and politician, was the growth of human freedom.
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Is Libertarianism Amoral?

BiographiesThe FedWar and Foreign PolicyPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

04/22/2019Mises Daily Articles
Conservatives have often claimed that that the libertarian (aka "classical liberal") alleges "human freedom as the single moral imperative. " But I doubt a single example of this could be found in the whole history of liberalism.
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Authentic German Liberalism of the 19th Century

World HistoryPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

04/01/2019Mises Daily Articles
The authentic German liberals have fallen into total obscurity. Today, the figures who are celebrated as early-twentieth century German liberals are men who were, in fact, collectivists and forerunners of the totalitarian state.
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Ludwig von Mises: An Appreciation

Biographies

02/23/2019Articles of Interest
Ralph Raico pays homage to Ludwig von Mises and his place in the social sciences.
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