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Richard M. Ebeling

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Dr. Richard M. Ebeling is the recently appointed BB&T Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Free Enterprise Leadership at The Citadel.  He will be conducting courses such as "Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Capitalist Ethics" as well as "The Morality and Economics of Capitalist Society."

Dr. Ebeling is recognized as one of the leading members of the Austrian School of Economics and the author of Political Economy, Public Policy, and Monetary Economics: Ludwig von Mises and the Austrian Tradition (Routledge 2010).  He is currently editing a forthcoming volume in the Collected Works of F.A. Hayek (Univ. of Chicago Press), the noted Austrian economist and Nobel Laureate.

Prior to his appointment at The Citadel, Dr. Ebeling was professor of Economics at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan (2009-2014).  He served as president of the Foundation for Economic Education (2003-2008), was the Ludwig von Mises Professor of Economics at Hillside College in Hillsdale, Michigan (1988-2003), and Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Dallas in Texas (1984–1988).

He lives with his wife Anna and their dog "Fritzie" in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.

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Marxism: From Class Consciousness to Gender "Intersectionality"

Big GovernmentMedia and Culture


"False consciousness" has long been a building block behind the Marxist drive to destroy human rights. 

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The Future of Government is Smaller

Decentralization and SecessionEntrepreneurshipPrivate Property


In a truly free society, the scope of government easily can be reduced to a much smaller domain than even many friends of freedom often think.

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Trump’s Protectionist Follies Threaten a Trade War

Global EconomyProtectionism and Free TradeU.S. Economy


What America is facing are the illogical trade policies of an economically illiterate president in the White House. 

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Public Goods, National Defense, and Central Planning

Taxes and SpendingWar and Foreign Policy

Since national defense is not bought and sold in markets, we can't really know its value or whether there is too much or too little of it.

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Freedom and the Minimum Wage

Labor and WagesValue and Exchange

Political paternalists who insist upon setting minimum wages by government command closely resemble socialist central planners of the 20th century.

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