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About the Author

Richard M. Ebeling (born January 30, 1950) is an American libertarian author who was the president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) from 2003 to 2008. Ebeling is currently the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Free Enterprise Leadership at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.

Ebeling is a supporter of the Austrian School of Economics and written extensively on the subject, particularly as inspired by the works of Friedrich Hayek, Israel Kirzner, Ludwig Lachmann, and Ludwig von Mises. Much of his career has focused on Ludwig von Mises, for whom he posthumously published a trove of writings that had been looted by the Nazis from his Vienna apartment in 1938 and subsequently captured by the Soviet Army at the end of World War II. Following the documents’ discovery and translation, Ebeling edited and published the three volume series Selected Writings of Ludwig von Mises.

Ebeling’s most recent works include Political Economy, Public Policy, and Monetary Economics: Ludwig von Mises and the Austrian Tradition (Routledge, 2010), Austrian Economics and the Political Economy of Freedom (Edward Elgar, 2003), Monetary Central Planning and the State (The Future of Freedom Foundation, 2015) and For a New Liberalism (American Institute for Economic Research, 2019). He was a co-author and co-editor of In Defense of Capitalism in 5 volumes.