Monday, April 29, 2013

Libertarian Forum Edited by Murray N. Rothbard

Status: Complete(?) (04.29.13 was last revision)


I did some VERY serious editing/cleaning up on this EPUB in late November/early December 2012. It was officially placed on on January 18th, 2013:

The 04.29.13 revision fixed up hundreds more typos/code mistakes, cleaned up some worthless code, and compressed images (saving 42 KBs).

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Counter-Revolution of Science by F. A. Hayek

Status: Almost Complete (v.5)


Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 52-8157

Fix Notes:

Page 57: par. 1: Footnote "63" should be 53.

Page 58: par. 1, right before Footnote 54: immediately

Auguste Comte, asserted with respect to them that, as in biology, “the whole of the object is here certainly much better known and more immedately accessible”

Page 79: bottom of page: Not too sure if I got the Greek Letters correct:

ἄνζρωπος ἔστιν ὁ πάντeς ἴδμεν.

Page 94: There is no Footnote 92.

Page 110: par. 0: Missing initial single quote ‘

[...] “Does he know his Greek and Latin authors well?,’ today one asks: ‘Is he good at mathematics? Is he familiar with the achievements of physics, of chemistry, of natural history, in short, of the positive sciences and those of observation?’ ”

Page 115: par. 1: seperate

[...] but with him too this meant no more than that account must be taken of the physiological bases of mental activities, and he always recognized the three seperate parts of the “science de l’homme,” physiology, analysis of ideas, and morals.

Page 117: Chapter does not begin with smallcaps like the rest of the chapters.

Page 125: end of par. 2: influenced

[...] who developed history as a history of the masses and of a struggle of class interests and, in this, profoundly influencced Karl Marx.

Page 129: par. 0: determined

[...] leader and to bring coherence and order into the thoughts thrown out by him, and whose whole intellectual careers were determind by his influence.

Page 135: par. 1: engineering

And yet how obvious it is to us now, even in this first formulation, that it is a delusion; that the idea is based on an extension of the scientific and enigneering technique far beyond the field to which they are appropriate.

Page 136: par. 0: There are two Footnote 156 on the page (second one should be 157)

age 136: bottom par.: There are two Footnote 163 on the page

Page 137: section 4, very bottom of page: ambitious

[...] and two years later (1824) republished by its author under the even more anmbitious title [...]

Page 143: Chapter does not begin with smallcaps like the rest of the chapters.

Page 145: par. 0 Before footnote 209: Missing closing quote

[...] “M. Enfantin found the ideas, M. Bazard formulated them.209

Page 156: Chapter does not begin with smallcaps like the rest of the chapters.

Page 168: Chapter does not begin with smallcaps like the rest of the chapters.

Page 191+: The "Comte and Hegel" chapter, section numbers were included before the paragraph (to match with rest of the book).

Page 203: Section 9: super-mind (Throughout the rest of the book it has the hyphen)

by studying Human Reason, with a capital R, from the outside as it were, as something objectively given and observable as a whole, as it might appear to some supermind.

Page 205: par. 2: nineteenth

It was under the banner of this historicism made in Germany that in the second half of the ninteenth century the great attack on individualist social theory was conducted, [...]

Page 247: Footnote 10: "E. Meyerson" should be "É. Meyerson"

Page 251: Index: "Bouglè, Celestin" should be "Bouglé, Celestin"

Page 253: Index: "Levy-Bruhl, L." should be "Lévy-Bruhl, L."

Page 253: Index: "Meyerson, Emile" should be "Meyerson, Émile"

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Regulated Consumer by Mary Bennett Peterson

Status: Almost Complete (v.3)


Fix Notes:

Page xvi: par. 2: bureaucracy

There is increasing dissatisfaction with centralized government and impersonal bureacuracy.

Page 24: bottom par.: entrepreneurs

Many may be inclined to say that these enterpreneurs of another era were economically done in by the giants of Detroit, the huge utilities, Westinghouse and General Electric, the food chains of A & P, Safeway, Grand Union, and other corporate octopi.

Page 52: par. 1: harassment

But in practice the agency has bogged down in red tape and time-consuming bureaucracy and has frequently become a vehicle for intervention and industry harrassment by consumerists in and out of government.

Page 61: par. 1: defendant

Judge J. Cullen Ganey of the federal court in Philadelphia, who had the job of passing sentence, rightfully ripped into the defendent corporations and executives as saboteurs of the free enterprise system and the American consumer.

Page 70: blockquote: criticized

To do so would have been foolish; and whatever else has been said about them, the old Standard organization was seldom critized for making less money when it could readily have made more.

Page 70: par. 2: Moreover

Morever, the regular customers of the predatory price cutter are not likely to take kindly to news of discriminatory price cuts elsewhere.

Page 71: bottom par.: matter

And, when the occasion requires, as in the cases of computers, xerography and 60-second cameras, Wall Street seems quite ready, willing and able to finance yet another enterprising idea, no mater how big.

Page 106: par. 1: Meanwhile

Meanwhle, seeing their jobs evaporate before their eyes, 83 percent of the workers signed a petition saying they would rather forget the union, but it was too late as far as the company was concerned.

Page 126: difficulty

But the diffculty of maintaining regulatory neutrality, upholding objectivity and avoiding favoritism, [...]

Page 137: par. 1: service

The “problem” for the regulators was that the irregular coach operators were running practically a regular route sevice on long-haul runs, and this was competition with the trunks that the regulators felt had to stop.

Page 137: end of par. 1: benefited

So once again we see that regulation can mean anything but security for those who are regulated, or economy for those who are supposedly benefitted—the consumers.

Page 138: par. 0: stratagem

Meanwhile, Northeast by one legal strategem or another managed to keep flying to Florida—long past the deadline of November 15, 1963, set by the CAB.

Page 138: par. 1: besieged

But pressure is an old story to the CAB and to every other regulatory agency ever beseiged by attorneys, witnesses, politicians, lobbyists, industry people, and other interested parties—but rarely, if ever, by the consumer.

Page 146: par. 0: Accidental ’ instead of ”

The FCC is also concerned with the frequency and “loudness’ of commercials but the Federal Trade Commission, as noted, has jurisdiction over false and misleading advertising over the air.

Page 147: bottom par.: Missing period after second "P.M"

Zenith had overriden Secretary of Commerce Hoover’s licensing restrictions of the wavelength of 332.4 meters and hours of operation limited to 10:00 P.M. to 12:00 P.M on Thursdays, provided that such hours were not wanted by General Electric’s Denver station.

Page 148: end of par. 0: Missing closing ”

Meanwhile, the Senate passed a resolution declaring the airwaves to be “the inalienable possession of the people of the United States:

Page 152: two Footnote 1s are located in the text.

Page 156: par. 2 (Middle of Page): candidates

It was suspended with bipartisan support for the 1960 elections which permitted TV debates between candidates Kennedy and Nixon and left out some twenty-two other candididates.

Page 165: par. 1: criteria

In each case the regulators attempt not only to gauge the market forces of supply and demand but also to gauge such distinctly nonmarket citeria as a congressionally-required “balanced national transportation system” and “parity between farm and nonfarm prices,” as prevailed in the 1909-1914 period.

Page 172: par. 0: wrong closing quotation mark

Consider, for example, the additional pennies per gallon of gasoline imposed on the consumer by the government’s oil import quota policy—a policy established in the name of “national defense“ but eagerly sought by the domestic oil producers.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Instead of Violence by Leonard E. Read

Status: New Cover (06.17.2013)


Officially on

Fix Notes:

Page 13: End of par. 1: answers

Even the American theory of government, which has always appealed to me, raises two questions to which, thus far, I have been unable to find anwers:

Page 27: Footnote: "is" and "conducting"

It s not. Imagine 100 people at a church social. Reflect on the total energy expended in walking, talking, gesticulating, conductng the meeting, preparing the meal, and so on.

Page 30: bottom of page: ” needed instead of ’

At best, it is the court of last resort and is not, really, what most persons have in mind when they insist they “want action.’

Page 59: There should be no indentation following the subchapter "On Saving the World"

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Where Lies This Fault?: A Speculation on the Recovery of Freedom by Leonard E. Read

Status: New Cover (06.17.2013))


Officially on

Fix Notes:

Page 11: Footnote 2: Missing ending period?

See the chapter, “The Self and the Other,” in The Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset. (In paperback, Doubleday & Co., Carden City, N. Y.)

Outlook for Freedom by Leonard E. Read

Status: New Cover (06.17.2013)


Officially on

Fix Notes:

Page 19: par. 1: determined

Their desires, however, will be determind by their confidence in the integrity and intelligence of those who offer the evidence.

Page 22: par. 1: Similar

Similiar, as to procedure in finding a cure, is this social cancer, he thought.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Envy: A Theory of Social Behaviour by Helmut Schoeck

Status: Almost Complete (04.20.2013)


This book was requested by the commenter Sergio.

Fix Notes:

Page 172: bottom par.: psychologically

He begins with a young person brought up in pyschologically ideal circumstances, unaware of the feeling of envy, but yet made sensitive to the material and aesthetic values of life by his gifted mother.

Page 442: Index: Missing the second 'f' in Wilamowitz-Moellendorff

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Economics of Liberty by Llewellyn H. Rockwell

Status: Almost Complete (04.17.2013)


Fix Notes:

Page 71: par. 1: "New York Times" needs italics (Judy)

David Rockefeller, said the New York Times, had been furious over Milken’s earnings.

Page 72: par. 2: "New York Times" needs italics (Judy)

Milken was “the ultimate outsider,” working 3,000 miles away in Drexel Burnham Lambert’s Los Angeles office, said the New York Times, living a “relatively modest life” while donating “hundreds of millions of dollars to charity.”

Page 73: Author: "by" should be removed, only the author name is used in the rest of the book

by Jeffrey A. Tucker

Page 102: par. 3: Space and wrong quotation mark

“It is my belief, “ Angell continued, “that without an honest money, Soviet citizens cannot be expected to respond to the reforms,” [...]

Page 113: "Reason 1: The World Bank Supports Socialism" is missing period at the end (to match) (Judy)

Page 251: par. 2: AIDS

That is, non-AIDS carriers have to subsidize AIDs carriers through higher insurance premiums.

Page 253: par. 0: AIDS

A recent survey of D.C. residents found that 86% knew that AIDs is primarily spread through intimate sexual contact.

Page 263: par. 3: "MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour" needs to be italics (Judy)

For example, on a recent MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour (on PBS), Nunn defended his program against three “critics.”

Page 322: "Europe" (Judy)

[Editor’s note: this article was published in June 1989, before the changes in Eastern European.]

Page 329: par. 1: "Etienne de la Boetie" (Judy)

They must do this, as Etienne le Boetie wrote in The Politics of Obedience, because the people always outnumber the rulers.

Page 320: par. 1: right single quote should be used before ‘em -> ’em

[...] will emerge as among the leading capitalists on the old principle of “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

Page 371: last paragraph: right single quote should be used before ‘40s -> ’40s

Paleocons, like libertarians, consider the ‘40s to be the single worst decade in American history.

Page 372: par. 2: E.E. Cummings (UNCHANGED)

Sinclair Lewis, Sherwood Anderson, Robinson Jeffers, Edmund Wilson, Kathleen Norris, John P. Marquand, e.e. cummings, and Robert Lowell, among others.

Page 372: very end of page: right single quote should be used before ‘em -> ’em

Not a liberal internationalist among ‘em.

Page 376: Index: Management

Bureau of Land Managment, 152

Page 385: Index: Proudhon

Proudon, Pierre Joseph, 182

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Economics of Inflation: A Study of Currency Depreciation in Post-War Germany by Constantino Bresciani-Turroni

Status: Almost Complete (09.30.2013)


Fix Notes:

page 32: Heading "IV. FROM MAY 1921 TO JULY 1922" should be "VI."

Page 460: Index: Franfort-on-Main does not match "Frankfort-on-Maine" as used in the text on page 298.


Page 350 (Missing the asterisk on the footnote table?)


Page 041 - Diagram IX
Page 395 - Diagram XXVI (Potentially)
Page 407 - Diagram XXVII

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Illusions of Point Four by Henry Hazlitt

Status: Almost Complete (v.3)


Fix Notes:

Individualism and Economic Order by Friedrich A. Hayek

Status: Almost Complete (04.11.2013)


Fix Notes:

3 hours

Page 9: Footnote 10: par. 2: unneeded comma at end of paragraph

[...] as the beginning of the antirationalistic theory of social phenomena, but it would appear that he has been both preceded and surpassed by Mandeville.,

Page 24: Footnote 23: possibility

Is it necessary to quote Edmund Burke once more to remind the reader how essential a condition for the possibbility of a free society was to him the strength of moral rules?

Page 44: par. 0: emphasize

When in all this I emphazise the distinction between mere intercompatibility of the individual plans

Page 47: par. 1: matter

Of course, we could also develop a separate science, the subject mattter of which was per definitionem confined to a “perfect market” or some similarly defined object, [...]

Page 59: par. 2 near very bottom of page: instances

They are all intsances of what are sometimes called “teleological concepts,” that is, they can be defined only by indicating relations between three terms: [...]

Page 73: bottom par.: proceed

I shall not enlarge here on the curious contradiction into which the defendants of this method usually involve themselves when they first emphasize that all historical phenomena are unique or singular and then proced to claim that their study can arrive at generalizations.

Page 81: par. 1: crude materialist

Even economists who regard themselves as definitely immune to the crud ematerialist fallacies of the past constantly commit the same mistake where activities directed toward the acquisition of such practical knowledge are concerned [...]

Page 143: Footnote 17: socialist

Most of this article has been embodied in the more elaborate discussion of the economic problems of a socalist community in Part II of Professor Mises’ [...]

Page 162: bottom par.: with

The case which we have therefore to consider next is that of completely integrated industries standing under a central direction but competing wtih other industries for the custom of the consumer and for the factors of production.

Page 203: Section 9: controller (?) (UNCHANGED)

Dr. Dickinson even goes so far as to say that “capitalist planning can exist only on the basis of fascism” and that in the hands of an irresponsible controler even socialist planning “could be made the greatest tyranny the world has ever seen.”

Page 211: par. 1: easily

The much-discussed “vagaries” in the production of gold can easiy be exaggerated.

Page 229: par. 18: merely

But these two approaches are surely merey different aspects of the same thing, and neither seems to be more likely to be useful than the other: [...]

Page 233: bottom of page: obsolete

Third, there will be the possibility of using obolete or secondhand machines instead of new ones.

Page 242: par. 0: install

[...] money at the low rate of interest would bring it about that wages would be driven up to the discounted value—not merely of the present marginal product of labor but of the marginal product which labor could be expected to produce after the machinery had been installed which it would be profitable to instal at the low rate of interest.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Economic Policy: Thoughts for Today and Tomorrow by Ludwig von Mises

Status: Awaiting Mises (04.20.2013)


Fix Notes:

Page 23: par. 1: Comma should be removed

The slave must do what his superior orders him to do, but the free citizen—and this is what freedom means—is in a position to choose his own way of life.,

Page 30: par. 3: Comma should be removed

A similar reputation was held by the staff of General Foch in France. But neither the Germans nor the French—who, under the leadership of General Foch, later defeated the Germans—realized the importance of aviation for military purposes.,

Page 60: end of par. 1: Comma should be removed

He does not see any reason to feel otherwise,.

Page 104: par. 2: Comma should be removed

And they are taught at colleges and universities.,


I added periods to the end of the first (p.17) and third (p. 104) footnotes.