Human Action Part Five with Ryan McMaken-The Human Action Podcast

Jeff DeistRyan McMaken

Ryan McMaken, an economist and editor of, joins the show to consider Part Five of Human Action: “Social Cooperation without a Market.” This section of the book provides Mises’s updated exposition of socialism, the impossible project of substituting ‘One Will’ for the subjective actions and preferences of everyone in society. Mises gives us the history behind support for socialism, and the enduring appeal of ascribing the best intentions and omniscience to the central state.

Can a socialist system really operate using the division of labor? Can mathematical equations lead us to equilibrium, the final and static price for any good or factor? Can the managerial state make the impossible possible? This is a rewarding discussion of socialism from Mises’s brilliant and radical point of view.