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Defending the Undefendable (Chapter 24: The Middleman) by Walter Block

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Published on Sep 29, 2011

Audio book version of 'Defending the Undefendable' by Walter Block. Forward written by Murray N. Rothbard, with a short commentary by F.A. Hayek. Read by Jeff Riggenbach. http://mises.org

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"Defending the Undefendable performs the service of highlighting, the fullest and starkest terms, the essential nature of the productive services performed by all people in the free market. By taking the most extreme examples and showing how the Smithian principles work even in these cases, the book does far more to demonstrate the workability and morality of the free market than a dozen sober tomes on more respectable industries and activities. By testing and proving the extreme cases, he all the more illustrates and vindicates the theory." -- Murray N. Rothbard

"Looking through Defending the Undefendable made me feel that I was once more exposed to the shock therapy by which, more than fifty years ago, the late Ludwig von Mises converted me to a consistent free market position. Some may find it too strong a medicine, but it will still do them good even if they hate it. A real understanding of economics demands that one disabuses oneself of many dear prejudices and illusions. Popular fallacies in economic frequently express themselves in unfounded prejudices against other occupations, and showing the falsity of these stereotypes you are doing a real services, although you will not make yourself more popular with the majority." -- F.A. Hayek

Read Walter Block's book 'Defending the Undefendable' online:
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Walter Block, an Austrian school economist and anarcho-libertarian philosopher, is Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Chair in Economics and professor of economics at Loyola University New Orleans and senior fellow with the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He is the author of the books Defending the Undefendable; Labor Economics From A Free Market Perspective; Economics and the Environment: A Reconciliation, and his latest, The Privatization of Roads and Highways.

Walter Block's official website: http://www.walterblock.com

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