Thomas DiLorenzo

Thomas J. DiLorenzo

Author of The Real LincolnLincoln Unmasked, and Hamilton’s Curse. Dr. DiLorenzo is today’s foremost critic of “Lincoln hagiography”.

DiLorenzo is a professor of economics at Loyola University Maryland and a senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, he has written for the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Washington Post, Reader’s Digest, Barron’s, and many other publications.  He is widely published in the academic journals, including the American Economic Review, Economic Inquiry, International Review of Law and Economics, Public Choice, Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, and many others. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Tech.

Click here to read an interview with Professor DiLorenzo.

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Robert Higgs

Robert Higgs is Senior Fellow in Political Economy for The Independent Institute and Editor of the Institute’s quarterly journal The Independent Review. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University, and he has taught at the University of Washington, Lafayette College, Seattle University, and the University of Economics, Prague. He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and Stanford University, and a fellow for the Hoover Institution and the National Science Foundation.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Gary Schlarbaum Award for Lifetime Defense of Liberty, Thomas Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties, Lysander Spooner Award for Advancing the Literature of Liberty, Friedrich von Wieser Memorial Prize for Excellence in Economic Education, and Templeton Honor Rolls Award on Education in a Free Society.

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Detlev Schlichter

Detlev S. Schlichter is a writer and Austrian School economist. He had a 19-year career in financial markets. From 1990 to 1998, Detlev worked at J.P. Morgan & Co. as a derivatives trader and portfolio manager in Frankfurt and London. In 1998, Detlev joined Mercury Asset Management in London as a director and portfolio manager for European bond portfolios. Mercury was later acquired by Merrill Lynch, and became Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. From 2001 to 2009, Detlev was head of the London-based investment team and lead portfolio manager for all global portfolios at U.S. bond firm Western Asset Management. He resigned in 2009 to focus exclusively on his first book, Paper Money Collapse – The Folly of Elastic Money and the Coming Monetary Breakdown, which will be published by John Wiley & Sons in September 2011.

Detlev holds a degree in economics and business administration (Diplom-Ökonom) from Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany. He is a senior fellow at the Cobden Centre, London, a free-market think tank devoted to issues of money and banking. Detlev lives with his wife and three children in Hampstead, London.

Detlev blogs at

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Walter Block

Walter Block earned his PhD in Economics at Columbia University. He is an author, editor, and co-editor of many books which include Defending the UndefendableLexicon of Economic ThoughtEconomic Freedom of the World 1975-1995Rent Control: Myths and RealitiesDiscrimination, Affirmative Action, and Equal OpportunityTheology, Third Word Development and Economic JusticeMan, Economy, and Liberty: Essays in Honor of Murray N. RothbardReligion, Econonomics, and Social Thought; and Economic Freedom: Toward a Theory of Measurement.

Dr. Block has written more than 500 articles for various non-refereed journals, magazines and newspapers, and is a contributor to such journals asThe Review of Austrian EconomicsJournal of Libertarian StudiesThe Journal of Labor EconomicsCultural Dynamics, and the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics. He is currently a professor and chair of economics, college of business administration, at Loyola University.

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Hunt Tooley

Hunt Tooley is Professor of History at Austin College in Sherman, TX, and an Adjunct Faculty Member of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He specializes in the history of war, revolution, and “peace” in the twentieth century. He is the author of National Identity in Weimar Germany and The Western Front: Battleground and Homefront in the First World War, and editor and contributor to Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth-Century Europe. He has published articles and reviews in The American Historical Review, The English Historical Review, Central European History, The Journal of Libertarian Studies, the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, The Independent Review, and other scholarly journals.

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Mark Thornton

Mark Thornton is an American economist of the Austrian School.[1] Thornton has been described by the Advocates for Self-Government as “one of America’s experts on the economics of illegal drugs.”[2] Thornton has written extensively on that topic, as well as on the economics of the American Civil War, economic bubbles, and public finance. He successfully predicted the housing bubble, the top in home builder stocks, the bust in housing and the world economic crisis.

Thornton received his B.S. from St. Bonaventure University (1982), and his Ph.D. from Auburn University (1989). Thornton taught economics at Auburn University for a number of years, additionally serving as founding faculty advisor for the Auburn University Libertarians. He also served on the faculty of Columbus State University, and is now a senior fellow and resident faculty member at the Ludwig von Mises Institute.[3] He is currently the Book Review Editor for the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics.[4]

Prohibition studies

Libertarian organizations including the Independent Institute,[5] the Cato Institute,[6] and the Mises Institute have published Thornton’s writings on drug prohibition and prohibition in general. Thornton contributed a chapter[7] to Jefferson Fish‘s book How to Legalize Drugs. He has also been interviewed on the topic of prohibition by members of the mainstream press. His research and publications are the basis of the Iron Law of Prohibition which states that the enforcement of prohibition increases the potency and danger of consuming illegal drugs. [8] Thornton’s first book, The Economics of Prohibition, was praised by Murray Rothbard, who declared:

Thornton’s book… arrives to fill an enormous gap, and it does so splendidly…. The drug prohibition question is… the hottest political topic today, and for the foreseeable future…. This is an excellent work making an important contribution to scholarship as well as to the public policy debate.

Economic bubbles

Thornton has also written on economic bubbles, including the United States housing bubble, which he first described in February 2004.[9][10][11] He suggested that the “housing bubble might be coming to an end” in August 2005.[12] His work on market bubbles has been cited by journalists[13][14] and other writers.[15][16] Economist Joseph Salerno noted that “Mark Thornton of the Mises Institute was one of the first to jump on this—to start writing about the housing bubble.”[17] Similarly, economist Thomas DiLorenzo has written that “[i]t was Austrian economists like Mark Thornton . . . who were warning of a housing bubble years before it burst.”[1] He also called the top in the housing market. He developed and published his Skyscraper and Business Cycle model in 2005.[13] His Skyscraper Index Model successfully sent a signal of the Late-2000s financial crisis at the beginning of August 2007. [14][15]

Political activities

Thornton has also been active in the political arena, making his first bid for office in 1984, when he ran for the U.S. Congress. He became the first Libertarian Party office-holder in Alabama when he was elected Constable in 1988. He was the Libertarian Party Candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1996 (also endorsed by the Reform Party) coming in third of four candidates. Thornton also served in various capacities with the Libertarian Party of Alabama including Vice Chairman and Chairman. In 1997 he became the Assistant Superintendent of Banking and a economic analyst for Alabama Governor, Fob James.[2]

Thornton has been featured as a guest on a variety of radio and internet programs and his editorials and interviews have appeared in leading newspapers and magazines.


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Jörg Guido Hülsmann

Dr. Hülsmann is a professor of economics at the University of Angers in France. He has edited six books and is the author of The Ethics of Money Production (German translation: Ethik der Geldproduktion), ofOrdnung und Anarchie, and of Mises:The Last Knight of Liberalism. He has translated several renowned economics books into German and written many articles in English, French, and German. He is a contributor to scholarly journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Austrian EconomicsThe Independent ReviewProcesos de Mercado, and the Journal of Markets and Morality, as well as to magazines and newspapers such as La Tribune (France), Finanz und Wirtschaft(Switzerland), Le Temps (Switzerland), Wiener Zeitung (Austria), andeigentümlich frei (Germany). Professor Hülsmann is the director of theAustrian Research Seminar in Paris. You can reach him, and visit his website,

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Joseph Salerno

Joseph Salerno is academic vice president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, professor of economics at Pace University, and editor of the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics. He has been interviewed for Fox News Network, Fox Business Network, Bloomberg Radio, BBC 4 radio, RT Television, the Austrian Economics Newsletter and on  One of Salerno’s most popular works is Money, Sound and Unsound.

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G.P. Manish

G.P. Manish is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Sorrell College of Business and a member of the Manuel H. Johnson Center of Political Economy at Troy University. I recently received my Ph.D. from Suffolk University, Boston. His areas of interest are development economics, economics of planning and transition, economic history and the history of economic thought. His dissertation analyzes economic development in India under central planning and after the market reforms.

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William Anderson

Dr. Anderson is the MBA coordinator and teaches economics at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland. As an adjunct scholar of the Mises Institute, Dr. Anderson has written numerous Mises Daily articles, which you can view here. His extensive writing consists of peer-reviewed journal publications, individual chapters in edited volumes, national conference presentations, book reviews, and newspaper and magazine articles. Dr. Anderson has been a consultant on prominent legal cases and has been interviewed on Russia Today and the BBC. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Communications from the University of Tennessee, a Masters of the Arts in Economics from Clemson University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from Auburn University.

He and his wife have five children, four of which were adopted overseas, and two grandchildren.

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Karen Y. Palasek

Dr. Palasek is currently Director, E.A. Morris Fellowship for Emerging Leaders, a program that “encourages committed, diverse, and principled North Carolinians to pursue greater leadership roles within their professions and communities.” She received her B. Mus. Ed. from Hartt College of Music at the University of Hartford, her M.A. in Economics from the University of Connecticut, and her Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University. While completing requirements for the doctoral degree in economics, Karen also served as a legislative assistant for U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX).

Since receiving the doctorate in 1989, Dr. Palasek has continued to sharpen the educational saw, beginning with the Certificate in Nonprofit Management intensive track program at Duke University in 2008. She then completed a M.A. in Organization Development in the EMOD program at Bowling Green State University, Ohio in 2010.

She is published in top journals, newspapers, and on various websites. Dr. Palasek is Founder and Principal of Palasek Consutling Group, LLC, and before moving to North Carolina was a full-time home-school teacher for nine years.

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Robert Batemarco

Robert Batemarco teaches economics at Fordham University, having previously taught at Pace University, Manhattan College and Marymount College, among others.  He has a long association with the Mises Institute, having taught six years at Mises University and serving on the Board of Editors of the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics.  He is also a frequent contributor to The Freeman, for which he served as book review editor for several years.  He holds a bachelors degree in economics from Princeton University (long before Paul Krugman or Ben Bernanke were there).  His doctoral dissertation at Georgetown University was Studies in the Austrian Theory of the Cycle.  He is author of the entry on “Austrian Business Cycle Theory” in the Elgar Companion to Austrian Economics, edited by Peter Boettke.  His work has been published in The Eastern Economic Journal, The Atlantic Economic Journal, The Review of Austrian Economics, The Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies, The Free Market, The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics and the Mid-Atlantic Journal of Business.

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Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

A senior fellow in history at the Mises Institute, holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Woods is the New York Times bestselling author of ten books, and his writing has appeared in dozens of popular and scholarly periodicals.

Several of Woods’ books are available for purchase at the Mises Store.

See Woods’ website for more information about his work and writing.

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Peter Klein

Peter G. Klein is Associate Professor in the Division of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Missouri and Director of the McQuinn Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. He also holds appointments with the Truman School of Public Affairs and the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration. His research focuses on the boundaries and internal organization of the firm, with applications to diversification, innovation, entrepreneurship, and financial institutions. He taught previously at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Georgia, and the Copenhagen Business School, and served as a Senior Economist with the Council of Economic Advisers. He is also a former Associate Editor of The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek. He lectures regularly at the Mises University and other Mises Institute events.

Klein received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley and his B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is editor of two books and author of many scholarly articles and book chapters. See here for his complete vita and here for his website at the University of Missouri.

Check out his blog, Organizations and Markets.

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