Journalist, author of Economics in One Lesson
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    Henry Stuart Hazlitt (28 November 1894 - 9 July 1993) was an American journalist who wrote about business and economics for such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, The American Mercury, Newsweek and The New York Times. He is widely cited in both libertarian and conservative circles.


    Hazlitt, Henry (1894-1993), by Bettina Bien Greaves, The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, 15 Aug 2008
    Biographical essay
    "Henry Hazlitt, a journalist, writer, and economist, was born in Philadelphia. ... Having missed out on college, Hazlitt determined to study on his own. ... Hazlitt's real economic education began with his study of Philip H. Wicksteed's The Common Sense of Political Economy, which introduced him to the subjective theory of value, only recently developed by Austrian economists Carl Menger and Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk. Hazlitt continued his self-study program and persisted in his ambition to write. His first book, Thinking as a Science, appeared in 1916 before his 22nd birthday."
    Related Topics: Economics, Ethics, Ludwig von Mises


    Henry Hazlitt - The Advocates
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    The American Mercury, Editor, 1934
    The Freeman, Editor, 2 October 1950-20 October 1952 and 23 February 1953-11 January 1954

    Web Pages

    Henry Hazlitt - The Advocates
    Biography and picture
    "Journalist Henry Hazlitt (1894-1993) had a great gift for making economic liberty understandable to ordinary people. He also played an important role in the modern libertarian movement."


    Frederic Bastiat, Ingenious Champion for Liberty and Peace, by Jim Powell, The Freeman, Jun 1997
    Lengthy biographical essay, covering those who influenced Bastiat as well as those influenced by him, his writings (including correspondence with his friend Félix Coudroy), his roles in the French Constituent and Legistative Assemblies and his legacy
    "Meanwhile, New York Times editorial writer Henry Hazlitt produced a book with the audacious title Economics in One Lesson (1946). 'My greatest debt,' Hazlitt acknowledged, 'is Frederic Bastiat's essay, "What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen," now nearly a century old. The present work may, in fact, be regarded as a modernization, extension and generalization of the approach found in Bastiat's pamphlet.' Economics in One Lesson has sold an estimated one million copies."
    Henry Hazlitt: An Appreciation, by Roy Childs, Richard Ebeling, Nov 1985
    Tribute to Hazlitt on his 91st birthday, reviews his career and works
    "The hallmark of everything that has flowed from his pen has been clear thinking, rigorous logic, and an unflinching defense of the free society. His classic work, Economics in One Lesson (1946) has influenced three generations of both economists and the general public."
    Henry Hazlitt - Hero of the Day, by Roy Childs, The Daily Objectivist, 2000
    Biographical essay
    "Henry Hazlitt died on July 8, 1993, just sixteen months short of his one hundredth birthday. ... By any standard, he lived one hell of a life. Journalist, author, literary critic, reviewer, editor, economist, moral philosopher, and one of the premier intellectual entrepreneurs for liberty of the twentieth century."
    Ludwig von Mises, socialism's greatest enemy: His life and times, by Jim Powell
    Lengthy biographical essay on Mises, including details on Menger and Böhm-Bawerk
    "Within a month after he arrived in America, Mises gave New York Times financial editor Henry Hazlitt a call. ... Hazlitt encouraged Mises to write nine articles about the European situation, and they were published in the New York Times. The articles brought Mises some important recognition and led to a connection with the National Association of Manufacturers, a leading opponent of government intervention in the private sector."


    The Early History of FEE, The Freeman, Mar 1984
    Excerpted from Hazlitt's remarks at the Leonard E. Read Memorial Conference on Freedom, November 1983
    "In 1946 Leonard [Read] had raised the money, set up the Foundation for Economic Edu­cation here at Irvington, [New York] and invited me to become one of his original trustees and officers. ... Another effect of Leonard’s initiative soon followed. Other libertarian foundations were set up in emulation. ... FEE opened its doors on March 16, 1946. Most of the spring and summer was spent in the library, as reno­vation continued on the main building."
    The Sphere of Government: Nineteenth Century Theories: 1. John Stuart Mill, The Freeman, Jan 1980
    Critiques Mill's ideas on what are the "necessary" and "optional" functions of government
    "When one recalls that Mill was brought up in the laissez-faire tradition, some of his conclusions may seem surprising. ... Mill ends by granting most of the contentions of the present-day statists. As he keeps adding to his list of 'exceptions' to the general rule of laissez-faire, he gradually seems to forget all his earlier warnings against piling an unmanageable number of functions on the state and building excessive powers that can more easily be abused."
    Related Topic: John Stuart Mill

    Books Authored

    Economics in One Lesson, 1946
    Partial contents: The Lesson - The Broken Window - The Blessings of Destruction - Public Works Mean Taxes - Taxes Discourage Production - Credit Diverts Production - The Curse of Machinery - Spread-the-Work Schemes - Disbanding Troops and Bureaucrats
    Related Topic: Economics
    Rules for Living: The Ethics of Social Cooperation
        by Bettina Bien Greaves (Editor), Henry Hazlitt, 1964
    An abridgement of The Foundations of Morality
    • ISBN 1572460768: Paperback, Foundation for Econ Education, 1st edition, 1999
    The Conquest of Poverty, 1973
    The Critics of Keynesian Economics
        by Henry Hazlitt (editor), 1960
    Collection of essays by Jean-Baptiste Say, John Stuart Mill, Frank H. Knight, F. A. Hayek, Benjamin M. Anderson, Garet Garrett, Ludwig von Mises, Wilhelm Röpke, W. H. Hutt, Jacob Viner, Etienne Mantoux, Franco Modigliani, Arthur F. Burns and others
    Related Topic: Economics
    The Foundations of Morality, 1964


    Amanda BillyRock 07 June 2013 Economics In One Lesson Chapter 1 050, by Amanda BillyRock, 1 Jun 2013
    An instructive hand-drawn animation based on Henry Hazlitt's Economics in One Lesson, chapter 1, "The Lesson"
    Related Topic: Economics

    Leonard Liggio on the Rise of the Modern American Libertarian Movement, by Jacob G. Hornberger, Leonard Liggio, 9 Mar 1995
    Talk given at Vienna Coffee Club (Future of Freedom Foundation). Liggio starts off with the New Deal and covers many events and individuals both at the core and the periphery of the modern libertarian movement

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