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The Austrian Institute Blog offers current analyses and opinions on capitalism, the market economy, social policy, and questions of justice.

The Entrepreneurial State Stifles Creativity and Hinders Innovation

Today, people trust the state to lead us into a sustainable future. All it has to do is steer innovation in the right direction, many say. But where the planning state intervenes, creativity suffers.

The (Classical) Liberal Is No Relativist but Instead Grapples with the Truth

Today, anyone who claims that all opinions are of equal value is considered tolerant. Liberals therefore often define themselves as relativists and skeptics. But this is a big misunderstanding.

Our Superstate: Controlled by Party Headquarters, Bureaucracies—and Central Banks

A new book by Beat Kappeler shows that the separation of powers is being undermined, parliaments are being commanded by governments and bureaucracies, and the debt economy is being financed by central banks. The author also proposes remedies for these issues.

Has Liberalism Failed? Patrick Deneen’s Populist Anti-Liberalism: A Catholic Classical Liberal’s Response

In his book “Why Liberalism Failed” Patrick Deneen deals with all varieties of Liberalism. They are the fruit of a false image of man – an assertion which, however, proves to be questionable on closer inspection.

F.A. Hayek on the Discovery, Use, and Transmission of Knowledge

This September marked the 75th anniversary of F.A. Hayek’s pivotal essay “The Use of Knowledge in Society.” It is not only a noteworthy advance in Hayek’s critique of central planning. Hayek’s insights about competition as a ‘discovery procedure’ also provides conceptual tools for other forms of institutional analysis.

China, the US, and Europe: Who Will Lead after the Coronavirus Crisis?

Will China soon be the world’s number one power? Not if the West returns to its basic values of liberty, and if the Western governments dare to destroy their self-inflicted debt traps.

Has Liberalism Failed? A Response to Patrick Deneen (Short Version)

Has liberalism become a victim of its own success? A short version of the review and critique of Patrick Deneen’s book “Why Liberalism Failed.”

Fury vs. Freedom: The New Left-Right Conflict

Today, social debates are ignited from the political margins. When democracy is in crisis and social cohesion is crumbling, it is time for intellectuals to focus on the essentials. What is needed is an anti-totalitarian self-enlightenment from the political center.

Racial Accounting and the Galvanization of Group Rights in the U.S. – Not a Liberal Solution

To combat racial discrimination, government agencies in the U.S. keep a kind of accounting system based on race and ethnicity. Well-intentioned policies perpetuate divisions in society.

“Irrational Stock Exchanges” and the Wirecard Scandal: On the Blanket Suspicion of Financial Capitalism

Joint stock companies and stock exchanges have made the upswing of modern economies possible. However, they have always been suspected of serving the greed of a few. What, then, is the function of “financial capitalism”?

Why Intellectuals Don’t Like Capitalism

Anti-capitalism is widespread among both right-wing and left-wing intellectuals. Both are united by the belief that economic and social problems can be solved primarily through state action.

What Do Families Contribute to the Social Welfare System?

In Austria, about half of public expenditure benefit the 60+ generation. Pensions, health care and long-term care benefits are the most important public programs aimed mainly at the elderly population.

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