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Saturday, January 17, 2004

In Praise of the Liberty Fund
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My most recent Amazon order just arrived. You see, I just finished volume 15 in Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series and could hardly go long without the 16th novel. [Note: gratuitous Patrick O'Brian plugs are among the self-indulgences I grant on this blog, along with impertinent discussions of fly-fishing and baseball. Plus, with this guy playing Jack Aubrey in the movie, my wife finally sees some merit in those "sea novels" I so delight in.]

In any event, along with the Wine Dark Sea, I picked up Economic Forces at Work by Armen Alchian. Alchian is an economist whom I've never read, but his work is held in such esteem that I figured I should read up on him. Once the book arrived, I recognized the style and print as that of the The Liberty Fund (finally, the point of the headline reached!).

I don't know anyone at The Liberty Fund, and just looked up its mission on the website, but its publishing is indispensable, not to mention a burgeoning part of my library. The fund publishes important liberty-minded philosophers, economists and historians, and that is just a terrific benefit to society. Among other authors, the Fund keeps Michael Oakeshott's writing available in this country. For self-styled conservatives, Oakeshott has much to teach and, I think, is offers the right disposition for a conservative in a post-modern age. [If anyone is game to start a pretentious blog-conversation on and Oakeshott/Hume-an conservatism counterposed to a Natural Law-based conservatism, let's get started!]

The meandering point to this post is to simply praise the work of The Liberty Fund, and to thank them effusively for keeping so many great writers' thoughts available.

posted by Ray Gifford @ 4:41 PM | General

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