American professor of history
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  • Ralph Raico (23 October 1936 - 13 December 2016) was an American libertarian historian of European liberalism and a professor of history at Buffalo State College.


    23 Oct 1936, in East Harlem, New York City


    13 Dec 2016, in New York


    Ralph Raico, Author at The Future of Freedom Foundation
    Short biography and list of articles published at the Future of Freedom Foundation website
    "Ralph Raico is originally from New York City. He received his B.A. from the City College of New York and his Ph. D. from the University of Chicago. He attended the Ludwig von Mises's Seminar at NYU and translated Mises's Liberalism. He is the Editor of the New Individualist Review and a Senior Editor of Inquiry Magazine. Among Ralph Raico's recent publications are the introduction to the 50th-anniversary edition of John T. Flynn's 'The Roosevelt Myth' and the essay on World War I in the second, paperback edition of 'The Costs of War', edited by John V. Denson ..."

    Awards Received

    2000 Gary G. Schlarbaum Prize, granted by Mises Institute, 2000
    "Professor Raico was a 17-year-old high school student when he first knocked on Ludwig von Mises's door. He studied economics at Mises's famed New York seminar, learned German upon his advice, and translated Mises's Liberalism into English. Raico became a close friend and colleague of Murray Rothbard, and took his PhD at the University of Chicago under the tutelage of F.A. Hayek."


    F.A. Hayek, R.I.P., Mar 1992
    Memorial and biographical essay
    "Hayek's pioneering explorations in intellectual history include a work that has always been one of my personal favorites, The Counter-Revolution of Science, where the fateful errors of what he called 'scientism' are relentlessly exposed. ... to an unusual degree for a thinker of such eminence, Hayek exerted a direct influence on the larger educated public as well.... Now the name of Friedrich von Hayek goes to join the others in the line of the immortal liberal thinkers he loved to engage with all of his life, the line of Adam Smith and Benjamin Constant, Alexis de Tocqueville and Lord Acton, Carl Menger and Ludwig von Mises, and all the rest."
    Related Topic: Friedrich A. Hayek
    Mont Pelerin: 1947-1978, The Road to Libertarianism, Libertarian Review, Dec 1979
    Reviews the presentations and discussions at the 1978 meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society, with an overview of the Society's history and particularly the 1958 meeting which had similar themes
    "Hayek's new optimism is in sharp contrast to the mood in which the Mont Pelerin Society was founded in April, 1947. Hayek's Road to Serfdom, dedicated to 'Socialists of all parties,' had brought him to the forefront of post-World War II debates between collectivists and liberals. ... Finally, in 1947, after publication of The Road to Serfdom, almost fifty scholars gathered at Mont Pelerin, above Vevey near Montreux on Lac Leman. In addition to Rueff, Rougier, Hayek, and Mises, the American participation was strong and included Felix Morley, F.A. Harper, Leonard Read, Henry Hazlitt, and Milton Friedman."
    Thomas Szasz - Hero of the Day, The Daily Objectivist, 2000
    "There is no question that, as regards psychiatry and psychology, Szasz is the great advocate of the principle of voluntary exchange, the rule of law, and the open society. But in the course of struggling for some thirty years on behalf of these libertarian ideas in a field virtually monopolized by the purveyors—and beneficiaries—of collectivist ideologies, Szasz has achieved nothing less than a Copernican revolution."
    Related Topic: Thomas S. Szasz


    The Health of the State, by Ralph Raico, Lew Rockwell, The Lew Rockwell Show, 17 Aug 2008
    Lew talks with Raico about war, U.S. foreign policy, the role of Commander in Chief and related topics
    Related Topic: War


    Memoirs of Hayek in Chicago and Rothbard in New York, 1 Aug 2005
    Lecture given at Mises University 2005, Raico reminisces about Murray Rothbard, the forming of the Circle Bastiat, Ayn Rand, F.A. Hayek and many others in the 1950s and early 1960s

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