| Richard M. Ebeling is
the Ludwig von Mises Professor of Economics at Hillsdale College, Hillsdale,
Michigan, and serves as vice president of academic affairs for The
Future of Freedom Foundation. Born in New York City in 1950, he received
his B.A. in economics from California State University, Sacramento, and
his M.A. in economics from Rutgers University. Professor Ebeling has been
a lecturer in economics at the National University of Ireland at Corkand
assistant professor of economics at the University of Dallas. He has been
at Hillsdale College since 1988.
Among his most recent writings are: “Liberalism and Collectivism in the 20th Century” (Political Studies, Fall 1993); “The Political Economy of Privatization and Market Reform in Russia” (World Capitalism Review, October 1993); “A New Liberal International Economic Order” (Global Free Trade: Rhetoric or Reality? Hillsdale College Press, 1993), and “Economic Calculation Under Socialism: Ludwig von Mises and His Predecessors” (The Meaning of Ludwig von Mises, Kluwer Publishing Co., 1993). His articles have also been published in Brazil, England, Poland, Lithuania, and Russia. He has edited several books that contain articles by him, including Money, Method and the Market Process, Essays by Ludwig von Mises; Austrian Economics: A Reader; Austrian Economics: Retrospects on the Past and Prospects for the Future; The Global Collapse of Socialism; and Can Capitalism Cope? The Problems of Transforming Socialist Societies into Market Economies.
In 1991, Professor Ebeling made six trips to the former Soviet Union, consulting with the government of Lithuania and with members of the Russian Parliament in Moscow on free-market reform and privatization of the socialist economy. He was in Vilnius, Lithuania, in January 1991 and witnessed the Soviet military crackdown in which thirteen Lithuanians were killed. He was in Moscow in August 1991 during the failed coup attempt and was at the barricades with the defenders of freedom at the Russian Parliament. He again traveled to Lithuania in August 1993 for consultations on market reforms and privatization.
Professor Ebeling's essay appeared as a three-part series in the January, February, and March issues of Freedom Daily, published by The Future of Freedom Foundation.
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