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In ‘The Free Market’: Love, the State, NGOs, and a New Archive of Mises Papers

August 27, 2013 in Economics

By Mises Updates

In the August issue [PDF] of The Free Market, the Mises Institute’s monthly, Daniel McAdams covers the International “non-governmental organizations” scam, Robert Higgs discusses Love vs. the State, and the Mises Institute gains a new archive of Mises’s personal papers.

Robert Higgs notes the downside of the “realist” view of politics:

Hardheaded people mock the idea that “love is the answer” to the people’s dire situation. They insist that evil forces and evil men are afoot in the world, men who care nothing for love and seek only vile ends, and that such malevolence can be fended off effectively only by meeting it with adequate force and violence. Thus does the perceived “security gap” fuel a race to the bottom in which the ostensible protectors become more and more indistinguishable from the evil men who allegedly seek to hurt us.

And Daniel McAdams describes how shady government-funded non-profits drive foreign policy:

What is behind these human rights NGOs? The Libyan League for Human Rights is a member of the International Federation for Human Rights…It should not be much of a shock to learn that the International Federation for Human Rights relies heavily on governmental sources for funding. Governmental funding of NGOs has been an increasingly effective tool for mobilizing popular support for governmental policies. A land or resource grab is hardly as compelling to the masses as a claimed human rights crisis when a foreign intervention is planned.

Also inside: Mises Bibliographer and historian Bettina Bien Greaves donates her extensive archive of Ludwig von Mises’s personal notes, books, and photographs to the Mises Institute, including many never-before-published photos of Mises and his associates.

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