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Read by G. Stolyarov II
Recorded 2008- 2012
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The following books, essays, and treatises are available for free download in mp3 format. Click on the link relevant to each work to access mp3 files to which you can listen and download.

Audio Books and Essays

* An Introduction to Austrian Economicsby Thomas C. Taylor

* "Austrian School Arguments on the Free-Market Origin of Money" by G. Stolyarov II

* The Austrian Theory of the Trade Cycle compiled by Richard M. Ebeling

* "The Candlemakers' Petition" by Frederic Bastiat

* "Compulsory Social Insurance" by Ludwig von Mises

* "Dispelling Popular Great Depression Myths" by G. Stolyarov II

* Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealthby Ludwig von Mises

* Economic Science and the Austrian Method by Hans-Hermann Hoppe

* "The Historical Setting of the Austrian School of Economics" by Ludwig von Mises

* "Liberation by Internet: How Technology Destroys Tyranny" by G. Stolyarov II

* "Liberty and Property" by Ludwig von Mises

* "Middle-of-the-Road Policy Leads to Socialism" by Ludwig von Mises

* "Mises and the Role of the Economist in Public Policy" by Murray N. Rothbard

* "The Philosophical Origins of Austrian Economics" by David Gordon

* "Praxeology and Understanding: An Analysis of the Controversy in Austrian Economics"by George A. Selgin

“Realism and Abstraction in Economics: Aristotle and Mises versus Friedman”by Roderick T. Long

* "Should the State Support the Arts?" by Frederic Bastiat

* "Social Science and Natural Science" by Ludwig von Mises

* "Sustainability: An Assault on Economics" by Tyler A. Watts

* "What is Austrian Economics?" by the Ludwig von Mises Institute

* "What Has the Government Done to Our Money?" by Murray N. Rothbard

* "What Price a Planned Economy?" by Friedrich A. Hayek

* "Why a Socialist Economy is Impossible" by Joseph T. Salerno

* "Writers Can Prosper Without Intellectual Property" by G. Stolyarov II 

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Audio Files of YouTube Videos by Mr. Stolyarov
(in Reverse Chronological Order)

* "A Libertarian Transhumanist Critique of Jeffrey Tucker’s 'A Lesson in Mortality'" - by G. Stolyarov II; read by Wendy Stolyarov - May 15, 2011

*"Progress: Creation and Maintenance"by G. Stolyarov II; read by Wendy Stolyarov - June 7, 2011

*"A Saulte to WikiLeaks: On the Diplomatic Cable Releases of November 28, 2010"by G. Stolyarov II - November 28, 2010

*"TSA Tyranny: Hopeful and Disappointing Developments"by G. Stolyarov II - November 26, 2010

* "John Tyner and TSA Tyranny" by G. Stolyarov II - November 15, 2010

* "The Transcendent Tofu" by G. Stolyarov II - June 14, 2010

* "A Complete Denunciation of War" by G. Stolyarov II - March 28, 2010

* "Refuting the 'Lord, Liar, or Lunatic' Argument" by G. Stolyarov II - December 6, 2009

* "Ten Principles of Classical Liberalism" by G. Stolyarov II - November 8, 2009

* "Commonly Misunderstood Concepts: Education, Health Care, Wealth, Employment,  Happiness"by G. Stolyarov II - October- November 2009

* "'Human Nature' is Tautological" by G. Stolyarov II - September 26, 2009

* "Eden is an Illusion" by G. Stolyarov II - September 4, 2009

* "A Rational View of Love" by G. Stolyarov II - April 18, 2009

* "Atheism and Liberty: Compatible and Mutually Reinforcing" by G. Stolyarov II - April 4, 2009

* "Against Pop-Conservatism" by G. Stolyarov II - April 1, 2009

* "How to Measure Government Oppression" by G. Stolyarov II - February 13, 2009

* "The Victory of Truth is Never Assured!" by G. Stolyarov II - February 6, 2009

* "Eliminating Death" by G. Stolyarov II - December 2008 - January 2009

* "How to Approach Unjust Laws" by G. Stolyarov II - December 18, 2008

* "Arguments for Bills of Rights" by G. Stolyarov II - November 28, 2008

* "Why I Voted for a Third-Party Candidate and You Should, Too" by G. Stolyarov II - November 1, 2008

* "Against John McCain's Foreign Policy" by G. Stolyarov II - October 19, 2008

* "Why the Right Should Stop Attacking Homosexuality" by G. Stolyarov II - September 4, 2008

* "Bob Barr versus Chuck Baldwin on Immigration" by G. Stolyarov II - August 21, 2008

* "Life as the Origin and Basis of Morality" by G. Stolyarov II - August 21, 2008

* "True and False, Right and Wrong, Good and Evil" by G. Stolyarov II - August 15, 2008

* "Why You Will Disagree With Me and Why This is Not a Problem" by G. Stolyarov II - August 15, 2008

* "The First Atheists" by G. Stolyarov II - August 10, 2008

* "How Big Government Breeds Vice" by G. Stolyarov II - August 7, 2008

* "How to Solve the Social Security Crisis: Refuse Payments!" by G. Stolyarov II - August 6, 2008

* "Civility: A Powerful Weapon" by G. Stolyarov II - June 24, 2008

* "Message to YouTube: Stop Banning Users Without Due Process!" by G. Stolyarov II - June 4, 2008

* "Arguing That Atheists are Immoral is Un-Christian and Wrong" by G. Stolyarov II - May 30, 2008

* "A Victory Against Book-Burning and Intolerance" by G. Stolyarov II - April 1, 2008

* "Rights Precede Morality" by G. Stolyarov II - March 24, 2008

* "Objective, Inalienable Natural Rights - Without Authority" by G. Stolyarov II - March 24, 2008

* "Arguments Against Censorship of Free Speech" by G. Stolyarov II - March 22, 2008

* "How to Deal With Intolerance - The Classical Liberal Way" by G. Stolyarov II - March 18, 2008

* "Franklin Roosevelt and the Fascists" by G. Stolyarov II - February 25, 2008

* "The Illusion of Success Through Luck" by G. Stolyarov II - February 25, 2008

* "Power Symmetries and Asymmetries" by G. Stolyarov II - February  2008

* "Classical Liberal Tolerance - A Defense" by G. Stolyarov II - January 27,  2008

* "Why Wealth is Good" by G. Stolyarov II - January 22,  2008

* "Ron Paul Wins 2nd Place in Nevada - Future of the Revolution" by G. Stolyarov II - January 19,  2008

* "Common Reasons for Atheism" by G. Stolyarov II - January 17,  2008

* "Why I Choose Atheism Over Agnosticism" by G. Stolyarov II - January 14,  2008

* "Government Health Regulation is Unhealthy" by G. Stolyarov II - January 14,  2008

* "PETA: People for the Evil Treatment of Animals" by G. Stolyarov II - January 14,  2008

* "Why I Call Myself an Atheist" by G. Stolyarov II - January 11,  2008

* "New Republic Slanders Ron Paul, Engages in Vile Dishonesty" by G. Stolyarov II - January 8,  2008

* "Atheism Facts and Myths" by G. Stolyarov II - January 2008

* "Insist on Being Treated Like an Adult -- Support Ron Paul" by G. Stolyarov II - January 2, 2008

* "An Atheist's Response to Pascal's Wager" by G. Stolyarov II - December 31, 2007

* "Why the Government Should Regulate the Weather" by G. Stolyarov II - December 28, 2007

* "Socialized Healthcare: When Money Trumps Life" by G. Stolyarov II - December 28, 2007

* "My Endorsement of Ron Paul for President" by G. Stolyarov II - December 27, 2007

Audio Books and Essays

An Introduction to Austrian Economics 

by Thomas C. Taylor; Read by G. Stolyarov II

Thomas C. Taylor’s “An Introduction to Austrian Economics” was written in 1980. The text of this work is available for free on the website of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

With the Mises Institute’s permission, Mr. Gennady Stolyarov II has made an audiobook of this treatise. You can download and listen to free mp3 files of each section of this work here.

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Section 1: Introduction: 
Introduction

URL for download: http://rationalargumentator.com/Taylor1.mp3

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Section 2: Social Cooperation and Resource Allocation:
Social Cooperation and Resource Allocation

URL for download: http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/Taylor2.mp3

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Section 3: Economic Calculation:
Economic Calculation

URL for download: http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/Taylor3.mp3
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Section 4: The Subjective Theory of Value:
The Subjective Theory of Value

URL for download: http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/Taylor4.mp3
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Section 5: The Market and Market Prices: 
The Market and Market Prices

URL for download: http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/Taylor5.mp3
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Section 6: Production in an Evenly Rotating Economy:
Production in an Evenly Rotating Economy

URL for download: http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/Taylor6.mp3
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Section 7: From an Evenly Rotating Economy to the Real World: From an Evenly Rotating Economy to the Real World
URL for download: http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/Taylor7.mp3
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Section 8: Inflation and the Business Trade Cycle:
Inflation and the Business Trade Cycle

URL for download: http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/Taylor8.mp3
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"Austrian School Arguments on the Free-Market Origin of Money"
by G. Stolyarov II; Read by G. Stolyarov II

Money was not created by a state edict, and its value derives from a gradual, causal, spontaneous origin on the free market. In this 2005 essay, G. Stolyarov II explains the theories of Austrian economists -- Carl Menger and Ludwig von Mises -- that elucidate this view.

Listen and Download.

URL for download: 
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/StolyarovASAFMOM.mp3

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The Austrian Theory of the Trade Cycle

compiled by Richard M. Ebeling; Read by G. Stolyarov II

 The Austrian Theory of the Trade Cycle was compiled in 1996 by Richard M. Ebeling. The text of this work is available for free on the website of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. The book includes essays by Roger W. Garrison, Ludwig von Mises, Gottfried Haberler, Murray Rothbard, and Friedrich Hayek.

With the Mises Institute’s permission, Mr. Gennady Stolyarov II has made an audiobook of this collection. You can download and listen to free mp3 files of each section of this work here. Thanks are in order to Mr. Chad Parish for editing these recordings.

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“Introduction: The Austrian Theory in Perspective” by Roger W. Garrison. Listen and Download.

URL for Download:
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/Garrison1.mp3

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“The ‘Austrian Theory of the Trade Cycle” by Ludwig von Mises. Listen and Download.

URL for Download: http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/MisesATTC.mp3

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Money and the Business Cycleby Gottfried Haberler.Listen and Download.

URL for Download:
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/HaberlerMBC.mp3

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“Economic Depressions: Their Cause and Cure” by MurrayN. Rothbard. Listen and Download.

URL for Download:
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/RothbardEDTCC.mp3

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“Can We Still Avoid Inflation?” by Friedrich A. Hayek. Listen and Download.

URL for Download:
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/HayekCWSAI.mp3

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“The Austrian Theory: A Summary” by Roger W. Garrison.Listen and Download.

URL for Download:
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/Garrison2.mp3

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"The Candlemakers' Petition"
by Frederic Bastiat; Read by G. Stolyarov II

This classic 1845 satire by French economist and free-market advocate Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850) illustrates the follies of protectionism via a petition of the makers of artificial light for government barriers against their major competitor: the sun.

Listen and Download.

URL for download: 
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/BastiatCandleMakers.mp3

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"Compulsory Social Insurance"
by Ludwig von Mises; Read by G. Stolyarov II

This essay by Ludwig von Mises is an excerpt from his 1922 book, Socialism. In it, the great economist critiques the concept of social insurance, which ultimately aimed at giving every citizen adequate care and the best medical treatment in sickness and adequate sustenance if he should become incapable of work through accident, sickness or old age, or if he should fail to find work on conditions he considered necessary. Mises argues that compulsory social insurance -- much like what is being proposed for health care today -- has the potentialto increase the prevalence of the perils being insured against.

Listen and Download.

URL for download: 
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/MisesSocialInsurance.mp3

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"Dispelling Popular Great Depression Myths"
by G. Stolyarov II; Read by G. Stolyarov II

Robert P. Murphy's The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal debunks the myth of the Great Depression being caused by laissez-faire capitalism - and being solved by either the New Deal, World War II, or both. In 2009, Mr. Stolyarov reviewed this insightful work, which has the potential of coveying accurate understandings of economics and history to large segments of the general public.

Listen and Download.

URL for download: 
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/DepressionMyths.mp3

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Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth

by Ludwig von Mises; Read by G. Stolyarov II

Ludwig von Mises’s groundbreaking 1920 treatise, Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth, is available for free on the website of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

With the Mises Institute’s permission, Mr. Stolyarov has made an audio recording of this treatise. Special thanks are in order to Mr. Chad Parish for editing this recording to improve its quality. You can download and listen to a free mp3 file of this essay here.

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Introduction and Section 1: Listen and Download.
URL for download:
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/MisesECSC1.mp3
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Section 2: Listen and Download.

URL for download:
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/MisesECSC2.mp3
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Section 3: Listen and Download.

URL for download:
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/MisesECSC3.mp3
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Section 4: Listen and Download.

URL for download:
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/MisesECSC4.mp3
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Section 5: Listen and Download.

URL for download:
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/MisesECSC5.mp3
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Conclusion: Listen and Download.

URL for download:
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/MisesECSC6.mp3
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Economic Science and the Austrian Method 

by Hans-Hermann Hoppe; Read by G. Stolyarov II

Hans-Hermann Hoppe wrote Economic Science and the Austrian Methodin 1995. This work is one of the best in explaining the philosophical foundations of Misesian Austrian economics and the wider philosophical relevance of the discipline of praxeology. The text of this work is available for free on the website of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

With the Mises Institute’s permission, Mr. Stolyarov has made an audiobook of this treatise. You can download and listen to free mp3 files of each section of this work here.

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Praxeology and Economic Science: Section I: Listen and Download.
URL for download: http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/Hoppe1.mp3
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Praxeology and Economic Science: Section II: Listen and Download.
URL for download: http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/Hoppe2.mp3
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On Praxeology and the Praxeological Foundation of Epistemology: Sections I, II: Listen and Download.
URL for download: http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/Hoppe3.mp3
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On Praxeology and the Praxeological Foundation of Epistemology: Sections III, IV: Listen and Download.
URL for download: http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/Hoppe4.mp3
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“The Historical Setting of the Austrian School of Economics”

by Ludwig von Mises; Read by G. Stolyarov II

Ludwig von Mises’s “The Historical Setting of the Austrian School of Economics” is available for free on the website of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

With the Mises Institute’s permission, Mr. Stolyarov has made an audio recording of this treatise. Special thanks are in order to Mr. Chad Parish for editing this recording to improve its quality. You can download and listen to a free mp3 file of this essay here.

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“The Historical Setting of the AustrianSchool of Economics”: Listen.

URL for download: http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/MisesHSAS.mp3

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"Liberation by Internet: How Technology Destroys Tyranny"
by G. Stolyarov II; Read by G. Stolyarov II

As a decentralized communication system facilitating the sending and receiving of messages by billions of people, the Internet has greatly shifted the balance of power away from governments and toward sovereign individuals. Even in its early days, the Internet played a vital role in bringing about the downfall of the Soviet Union’s government. Since then, it has catalyzed tremendous economic, social, and political liberation in countries ranging from Cuba to the United States. In this 2008 essay, Mr. Stolyarov describes the power and impact of the Internet as an agent of liberation.

Listen and Download.

URL for download: 
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/StolyarovLiberationInternet.mp3

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“Liberty and Property” 

by Ludwig von Mises; Read by G. Stolyarov II

Ludwig von Mises’s “Liberty and Property” was written in 1958. The text of this work is available for free on the website of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

With the Mises Institute’s permission, Mr. Stolyarov has made an audio recording of this essay. You can download and listen to a free mp3 file containing it here.

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Liberty and Property: Listen.

URL for download:

http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/MisesLP.mp3

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“Middle-of-the-Road Policy Leads to Socialism”

by Ludwig von Mises; Read by G. Stolyarov II

Ludwig von Mises’s “Middle-of-the-Road Policy Leads to Socialism” was written in 1950. The text of this work is available for free on the website of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

With the Mises Institute’s permission, Mr. Stolyarov has made an audio recording of this essay. You can download and listen to a free mp3 file containing it here.

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Middle-of-the-Road Policy Leads to Socialism: Listen and Download.

URL for download:
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/MisesMRPLS.mp3

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“Mises and the Role of the Economist in Public Policy”

by Murray N. Rothbard; Read by G. Stolyarov II

Murray Rothbard’s “Mises and the Role of the Economist in Public Policy” was written in 1993. The text of this work is available for free on the website of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

With the Mises Institute’s permission, Mr. Stolyarov has made an audio recording of this essay. You can download and listen to a free mp3 file containing it here.

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Mises and the Role of the Economist in Public Policy: Listen and Download.

URL for download:

http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/RothbardMREPP.mp3

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“The Philosophical Origins of Austrian Economics” 

by David Gordon; Read by G. Stolyarov II

David Gordon’s “The Philosophical Origins of Austrian Economics” was written in 1994. The text of this work is available for free on the website of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

With the Mises Institute’s permission, Mr. Stolyarov has made an audiobook of this essay. You can download and listen to a free mp3 recording of it here.

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The Philosophical Origins of Austrian Economics: Listen.

URL for download:

http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/Gordon1.mp3

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Praxeology and Understanding: An Analysis of the Controversy in Austrian Economics

by George A. Selgin; Read by G. Stolyarov II

George A. Selgin’s “Praxeology and Understanding: An Analysis of the Controversy in Austrian Economics” is available for free on the website of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

With the Mises Institute’s permission, Mr. Stolyarov has made audio recordings of this treatise. Special thanks are in order to Mr. Chad Parish for editing these recordings to improve their quality. You can download and listen to free mp3 files of this essay here.

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Part I: Listen and Download.
URL for download:
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/Selgin1.mp3
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Part II: Listen and Download.

URL for download:
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/Selgin2.mp3
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Part III: Listen and Download.
URL for download:
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/Selgin3.mp3
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“Realism and Abstraction in Economics: Aristotle and Mises versus Friedman” 

by Roderick T. Long; Read by G. Stolyarov II

Roderick T. Long’s “Realism and Abstraction in Economics: Aristotle and Mises versus Friedman” was written in 2004. The text of this work is available for free on the website of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

With the Mises Institute’s permission, Mr. Stolyarov has made an audiobook of this essay. You can download and listen to a free mp3 recording of it here.

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Realism and Abstraction in Economics: Aristotle and Mises versus Friedman: Listen and Download.

URL for download:
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/Long1.mp3

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"Should the State Support the Arts?"
by Frederic Bastiat; Read by G. Stolyarov II

Ought the state to support the arts? The classical liberal French economist Frederic Bastiat, in 1850, answered this question in the negative, drawing upon economic logic to refute the commonplace fallacies of his time.

Listen and Download.

URL for download:
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/StateSupportArts.mp3

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“Social Science and Natural Science” 

by Ludwig von Mises; Read by G. Stolyarov II

Ludwig von Mises’s “Social Science and Natural Science” was written in 1942. The text of this work is available for free on the website of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. This essay is also Chapter 1 of the book Money, Method, and the Market Process– a compilation of essays by Mises.

With the Mises Institute’s permission, Mr. Stolyarov has made an audiobook of this essay. You can download and listen to a free mp3 recording of it here.

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Social Science and Natural Science: Listen and Download.

URL for download:
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/MisesMMMP1.mp3

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"Sustainability: An Assault on Economics"
by Tyler A. Watts; Read by G. Stolyarov II

The alarmist crusade, which underlies the sustainability movement, should rankle people with an economic understanding of the world. A basic tenet of economics is that markets are self-correcting and orderly; prices indicate resource constraints and guide people in economizing on their use. Prices change as underlying supply and demand conditions change, inducing appropriate adjustments in consumption and production patterns. Prices channel the profit motive — a natural aspect of the human condition — into productive and innovative activities. In short, prices work. Sustainists, writes Tyler Watts in this 2009 essay, are either ignorant or in denial of this basic lesson. Either way,  economists have their work cut out for them.

Listen and Download.

URL for download:
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/SustainabilityAssault.mp3

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“What is Austrian Economics?” 

by the Ludwig von Mises Institute; Read by G. Stolyarov II

The Ludwig von Mises Institute’s “What is Austrian Economics?” provides a brief introduction to the history and distinguishing ideas of the Austrian School. The text of this work is available for free on the website of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

With the Mises Institute’s permission, Mr. Stolyarov has made an audiobook of this essay. You can download and listen to a free mp3 recording of it here.

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What is Austrian Economics?: Listen and Download.

URL for download:

http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/What_is_Austrian_Economics_Stolyarov_Recording.mp3

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“What Has the Government Done to Our Money?” 

by Murray N. Rothbard; Read by G. Stolyarov II

Murray Rothbard’s “What Has the Government Done to Our Money?” was written in 1980. The text of this work is available for free on the website of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

With the Mises Institute’s permission, Mr. Stolyarov has made an audio recording of this treatise. You can download and listen to a free mp3 file containing it here.

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Sections I and II: Introduction and Money in a Free Society: Listen and Download.

URL for download:
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/Rothbard1.mp3

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Section III: Government Meddling With Money: Listen and Download.

URL for download:
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/Rothbard2.mp3

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Section IV: The Monetary Breakdown of the West: Listen and Download.

URL for download:
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/Rothbard3.mp3

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"What Price a Planned Economy?"
by Friedrich A. Hayek; Read by G. Stolyarov II

In this classic 1938 essay, Friedrich Hayek writes that the link between classical liberalism and present-day Socialism — often still misnamed liberalism — is undoubtedly the belief that the consummation of individual freedom requires relief from the most pressing economic cares. If this seems attainable only at the price of restricting freedom in economic activity, then that price must be paid; and it may be conceded that most of those who want to restrict private initiative in economic life do so in the hope of creating more freedom in spheres which they value higher. Hayek masterfully shows that central planning in the economic sphere cannot be confined to the economic sphere alone and will, unless renounced, eventually spill over into even the realm of individual thought.

Listen and Download.

URL for download:
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/Hayek_PricePlannedEconomy.mp3

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Why a Socialist Economy is Impossible”

by Joseph T. Salerno; Read by G. Stolyarov II

Joseph T. Salerno’s “Why a Socialist Economy is Impossible” is included as a supplement to Ludwig von Mises’s Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth and is available for free on the website of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

With the Mises Institute’s permission, Mr. Stolyarov has made an audio recording of this treatise. Special thanks are in order to Mr. Chad Parish for editing this recording to improve its quality. You can download and listen to a free mp3 file of this essay here.

Why a Socialist Economy is Impossible”: Listen and Download.

URL for download:
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/SalernoWSEI.mp3

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"Writers Can Prosper Without Intellectual Property"
by G. Stolyarov II; Read by G. Stolyarov II

It is commonly supposed that, whatever its moral and theoretical standing, intellectual property is necessary for creators of written works to make a living and — even more importantly — to continue to create. In this 2010 essay, Mr. Stolyarov sets aside the theoretical status of copyright and focuses on existing and emerging possibilities for writers to earn a living in a world where no copyrights exist

Listen and Download.

URL for download:
http://rationalargumentator.com/austrianrecordings/WritersIP.mp3

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Audio Files of YouTube Videos by Mr. Stolyarov

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"Progress: Creation and Maintenance"
by G. Stolyarov II; Read by Wendy Stolyarov - 

June 7, 2011

Listen and Download.

One frequently encounters the identification of human creativity and inventiveness as driving forces for progress in technology and society. In part, this identification is correct: it is through the human creative faculty―the ability to bring forth new combinations of matter and new ideas―that improvements to the human condition arise. But while creation is a necessary component to progress, it is not a sufficient component. The other required component is maintenance.

Read the essay on which this recording is based here.

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"A Salute to WikiLeaks: On the Diplomatic Cable Releases of November 28, 2010"
by G. Stolyarov II; Read by G. Stolyarov II - 

November 28, 2010

Listen and Download.

Mr. Stolyarov congratulates WikiLeaks for yet another major contribution to international political transparency. Many of the recent revelations are amusing, and some describe actual heinous transgressions by the U.S. government. More revealing, however, is the manner in which the Obama administration's reaction to the leaks highlights this administration's utter hypocrisy with regard to free speech and freedom in general. Sunlight is the best disinfectant, both in this case and with prior WikiLeaks releases.

Resources:

* WikiLeaks: http://www.wikileaks.org/
* "Black jail" - Wikipedia entry
* Der Spiegel article on the leaked cables
* New York Times article on the leaked cables
(See page 2 for the description of the CIA's kidnapping of an innocent German citizen.)
* The Guardian article on the leaked cables

Articles on the Obama administration's attacks on free speech
* "Feds Seize Websites Suspected of Online Piracy" - FoxNews.com - November 27, 2010
* "ACTA: The War on Progress, Freedom, and Human Civilization" - Essay by G. Stolyarov II -
* "ACTA: The War on Progress, Freedom, and Human Civilization" - Audio Essay on YouTube 

audiorecorder

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creates an 8000 Hz, 8-bit, 1-channel object.

sets the sample rate (in Hz), the sample size , and the number of channels .

sets the audio input device to the device specified by .

Input Arguments

Sampling rate in Hz. Valid values depend on both the sample rates permitted by MATLAB® and the specific audio hardware on your system. MATLAB has a hard restriction of 1000 Hz <= Fs <= 384000 Hz, although further hardware-dependent restrictions apply. Typical values supported by most sound cards are 8000, 11025, 22050, 44100, 48000, and 96000 Hz.

Default: 8000

Bits per sample. Valid values depend on the audio hardware installed: , , or .

Default: 8

The number of channels: (mono) or (stereo).

Default: 1

Device identifier. To obtain the ID of a device, use the function.

Default: (default device)

Methods

Note

When calling any method, include the object name using function syntax, such as .

Query properties of object.

Create an array that stores the recorded signal values.

Create an object.

Query whether recording is in progress: returns or .

Pause recording.

Play recorded audio. This method returns an object.

Start recording.

Record, and do not return control until recording completes. This method requires a second input for the length of the recording in seconds:

Restart recording from paused position.

Set properties of object.

Stop recording.

See the reference pages for , , , , , and for additional syntax options.

Properties

Number of bits per sample. (Read-only)

Current sample that the audio input device is recording. If the device is not recording, is the next sample to record with or . (Read-only)

Identifier for audio device. (Read-only)

Number of audio channels. (Read-only)

Status of the audio recorder: or . (Read-only)

Sampling frequency in Hz. (Read-only)

Total length of the audio data in samples. (Read-only)

Label of the object.

Name of the class: . (Read-only)

Any type of additional data to store with the object.

The following four properties apply to callback functions. The first two inputs to your callback function must be the object and an structure.

Function to execute one time when recording starts.

Function to execute one time when recording stops.

Function to execute repeatedly during recording. To specify time intervals for the repetitions, use the property.

Time in seconds between callbacks. Default:

ignores any specified values for these properties, which will be removed in a future release.

Length of buffer in seconds.

Number of buffers.

Examples

Create an object for CD-quality audio in stereo, and view its properties:

recObj = audiorecorder(44100, 16, 2); get(recObj)

Collect a sample of your speech with a microphone, and plot the signal data:

% Record your voice for 5 seconds. recObj = audiorecorder; disp('Start speaking.') recordblocking(recObj, 5); disp('End of Recording.'); % Play back the recording. play(recObj); % Store data in double-precision array. myRecording = getaudiodata(recObj); % Plot the waveform. plot(myRecording);

Tips

  • To use an object, your system must have a properly installed and configured sound card.

  • is not intended for long, high-sample-rate recording. uses system memory for storage and does not use disk buffering. When you attempt a large recording, your MATLAB performance sometimes degrades over time.

Introduced before R2006a