I had this rather interesting exchange with economist Russ Roberts, of George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, that arose from my comments on a recent YouTube video that was posted by Reason magazine.
The conversation below was copied and pasted from the YouTube comments section of this video. Roberts’ comments are in red.
I’d rather hear him say he considers himself more of a Rothbardian or Misesian than Hayekian. If the guy doesn’t consider himself to be a student of praxeology, then he’s still a phony economist. I’m not familiar enough with his work to comment much further.
Michael Suede 4 days ago
i love rothbard and mises and quote them often, but i align mostly with hayek. the pretense of knowledge won him a Nobel prize for a reason, it is also why times said he ended the Keynesian debate, he won(hayek).
surrealnumber in reply to Michael Suede 4 days ago
I’m curious if you believe private markets are the only means by which the value of a good or service can be accurately determined. Hayek didn’t believe that, and that’s why I have a problem with him. Are you a statist or a free market capitalist sir?
Michael Suede in reply to surrealnumber 1 day ago
i am a free thinking individual who does not dismiss people for not being me. if you cant find a single thing to disagree with when it comes to rothbard or whomever, you are a fool.
this is youtube, being a hostile douche with weak ass strawman arguments is standard i guess……
surrealnumber in reply to Michael Suede 1 day ago
I never said Rothbard was perfect. However, there are two kinds of people in this world. Those who feel the use of coercion by the state to expropriate money and resources from its citizens can lead to superior economic outcomes, and those who reject that belief. What category do you fall into?
Michael Suede in reply to surrealnumber 22 hours ago
sorry, i dont often answer to hostile interrogations, i never consented to you setting the rules of our discourse. your willingness to discredit peoples work based on one opinion they might hold is as frightening as any special interest zealot.
surrealnumber in reply to Michael Suede 19 hours ago
So he’s apparently a “free thinking” economist who refuses to answer a simple question in regards to his beliefs about the free market. Clearly this guy is a hack who should be avoided at all costs. If he doesn’t even want to say that free markets are the only way the value of a good or service can be accurately determined, what kind of an economist should we take him to be? Obviously he’s not the free market economist he bills himself as. If he was, I doubt he would have become so defensive over such a simple question.