Janusz Korwin-Mikke's followers—whom he describes as an assortment of "conservatives, libertarians, classical liberals, and Ayn-Randists"—are eagerly awaiting his new Polish journal Capitalism, scheduled for publication this spring. Korwin-Mikke, who was arrested and detained several times during the '60s for promoting freedom and free markets too loudly at the University of Warsaw, was a fixture in the Polish underground literary scene for years. Now that communism has gone the way of movable type, hundreds of publishers like Korwin-Mikke in the former communist countries are working hard to keep up with public demand for the writings of Western free-market economists.
Compared to Korwin-Mikke, Moscow economist Boris Pinsker is a relative newcomer to publishing. His business, Catalaxia Publishers, came out with its first book in December: The 50,000 copies of The Economic Way of Thinking, by Paul Heyne, sold out within weeks, and a second printing is under way. Backed by the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, Pinsker plans to publish The Fatal Conceit, by F. A. Hayek; The Calculus of Consent, by James Buchanan; The Firm, The Market, and the Law, by Ronald Coase; Human Action, by Ludwig von Mises; and, eventually, the entire corpus of Hayek's writings.
Policy journals and scholarly publishing houses aren't alone in spreading the word about capitalism. Novy Mir, the most respected Russian literary-political magazine, serialized Hayek's The Road to Serfdom last fall. With a circulation near 3 million, Novy Mir may have the greatest success in teaching people about limited government, property rights, and unrestricted markets.
This article originally appeared in print under the headline "The Road from Serfdom".