A Few Things I’m Thankful for on Thanksgiving

I am blessed and thankful today for the lives and works of the fearless, uncompromising, and brilliant defenders of freedom who I have known, at the top of the list being Lew Rockwell, Murray Rothbard, and Ron Paul.  I am thankful for the life of Ludwig von Mises, one of the most remarkable human beings of the twentieth century, the greatest economist of all time, a man who was the chief European critic of all forms of socialism, from the Nazis to the Russian commies.  On top of that he was a Jew hunted by the Gestapo who fled his home just before they broke into his apartment; roamed Europe with his wife and a suitcase; miraculously ended up in America; and produced more brilliant scholarship and brilliant students at NYU for the rest of his life.  And I am thankful for the philanthropic businessmen who paid his salary at NYU, whose administrators gave him an office but disapproved of his advocacy of human freedom and opposition to socialist tyranny.  Some things never change.

I never met Mises, who died in 1973, but I did meet F.A. Hayek, and have a framed picture of him and me in my home office along with a signed copy of one of his books I was carrying when the picture was snapped.

I am thankful for all my Mises University faculty colleagues and the thousands of students who have gone through the Austrian Economics bootcamp of Mises University every summer for some thirty years.

Then there are all the LewRockwell.com authors who send Lew original articles on everything from health to the Fed to the JFK assassination.  And all the donors to the Mises Institute and LewRockwell.com, our philosophical bloodbrothers and bloodsisters.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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6:18 am on November 25, 2021

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