The Voluntary Life: 176 The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality by Ludwig Von Mises Part 1

10 October 2014

176 The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality by Ludwig Von Mises Part 1

Why do some people hate entrepreneurs? This episode explores some answers to this question put forward by Ludwig Von Mises in "The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality".

Show Notes
The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality by Ludwig Von Mises (free ebook)
Becoming An Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas

Listen to Episode 176

1 comment:

  1. I do not hate entrepreneurs for the reasons you discuss, and I doubt that this theory explains very much of the anti-Capitalist mentality. I dislike rent seeking, and entrepreneurs, of necessity, engage in much rent seeking, more and more of it all the time. I don't blame entrepreneurs generally for this necessity, but I do blame them yielding to it, because they are to blame. Rent seeking is not limited to intellectual property and trading fiat debt by the way, not by a long shot.

    I am not free of envy. I envy Jeopardy players with better memories and porn stars with bigger equipment and countless others, but I doubt that envy of this sort explains much of the anti-Capitalist mentality, so focusing on this theory does little to persuade people with an anti-Capitalist mentality that their attitude needs an adjustment.

    I also suppose that Capitalists attribute all sorts of juvenile thinking to anti-Capitalists to avoid confronting objections to a Capitalist way of thinking, but these straw man arguments are not very interesting.


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