Henry Hazlitt: The Independent Institute

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Henry Hazlitt
Henry Hazlitt

Henry Hazlitt (1894–1993) was a libertarian economist and journalist. He is most well known for his book, Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics, which is one of the most popular book on economics ever written. Hazlitt left the free-tuition City College of New York with less than two years of formal education. Hazlitt was a renowned autodidact who was a prolific writer, who would become famous for bringing Austrian School of thought, a theory of economics that advocated for limited government and free markets, to the English-speaking world.

Hazlitt began as a journalist at the Wall Street Journal and swiftly climbed the ranks of the field. He became a journalist and Literary Editor for New York Sun, the Finance and Economics Editor of the New York Times, Editor of The American Mercury, Associate Editor of The Nation, Financial Editor of The New York Evening Mail, and the American correspondent for the Revue economique internationale of Belgium. He also wrote a monthly column for Newsweek.

He was the founding vice-president of the Foundation for Economic Education and one of the first editors of The Freeman. He also authored 26 books, cementing his place as one of the most celebrated economists and writers of the 20th century.