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Eugenics and the Austrian Third and Fourth Generation

  • Robert Leeson
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Part of the Archival Insights into the Evolution of Economics book series (AIEE)

Abstract

Hayek ‘just learned’ that Mises ‘was usually right in his conclusions, but I was not completely satisfied with his argument. It became very largely an attempt to improve the argument, which I realized led to correct conclusions. But the question of why it hadn’t persuaded most other people became important to me; so I became anxious to put it in a more effective form.’ Mises was a card-carrying Austro-Fascist and member of the official Fascist social club; and the tax-exempt Rothbard celebrated the first bombing of the World Trade Center. This chapter examines the influence of eugenics on Hayek, Mises, and Rothbard plus the similarities between ‘von Hayek V’ and the founder of the British Union of Fascists, Sir Oswald Mosley, sixth Baronet.

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