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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/12466/what-has-austrian-economics-to-do-with-literature/

What Has Austrian Economics to Do with Literature?

April 14, 2010 by

If one proposes to use social background to illumine literary works, why not use correct economic theory in doing so? And correct economics is primarily Austrian economics. FULL ARTICLE by David Gordon


Aubrey Herbert April 14, 2010 at 9:33 am

Love the reviews Gordon. Cheers.

Les Herasymchuk April 14, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Such article could be written only by a person who knows nothing about contemporary literary criticism. The more so there is literary criticism beyond the borders of both Austria and English-speaking world practicing other methods of literary analysis.

Jonathan Finegold Catalán April 14, 2010 at 1:47 pm


Austrian as in the Austrian school of economics, versus the Keynesian, Marxian schools, et cetera.

Michael A. Clem April 14, 2010 at 2:10 pm

…says someone who obviously couldn’t be bothered to find out anything about the site he was posting to…

Vanmind April 15, 2010 at 12:52 am

Not selling very well, eh? Not surprising.

Vanmind April 15, 2010 at 1:11 am

I’ve read Okri’s “A Famished Road,” it’s a good, dreamy work. Whether or not his personal “vision” is Austrian is irrelevant to fiction.

I’m reminded of an idiot in a fiction workshop I attended who insisted that no writer should introduce a mysoginist character because, well, mysoginy is just plain wrong. Irrelevant. To. Fiction.

On the other hand, “Ooh, don’t ever color outside the lines, because that’s not realistic enough and people might get the wrong impression of what the world is really like.” Ha, there’s a sucker of a Rand fan born every minute.

John Blainey April 17, 2010 at 3:08 pm

I agree with the thinking of this review however I feel that it is incorrect in that it does not go far enough, concerning the concept of spontaneous order. Order cannot occur spontaneously in randomness. There can be no such thing as spontaneous order. For, where does that order come from – in randomness? Further, events and circumstances left to themselves tend to disorder. If this were not so diffusion would not happen. There would be no such thing as osmosis, a basic process of life. But the situation here agrees with that and it is very simply that the spontaneous inter action of people, and events, responding to the order that is already inherent in them, causes them to operate in a manner consistent with that order and is therefore, ordered. The order does not have to be enforced, as in determinism. It is already established and it out works through people and events. It is as natural as gravity.

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