Just posted on Salon:
A new powerhouse for ridiculous GOP economics
Move over, Milton Friedman: Make room for tiny Northwood University and the Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises
Once upon a time, conservatives leaned upon the weight of the formidable brainpower assembled at the mighty University of Chicago economics department as they furiously defended free market orthodoxy against the pointy-headed Keynesians who lurked at MIT, Berkeley and Harvard. But for today’s GOP, even the legacy of Milton Friedman isn’t enough. For Republicans like House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, the true standard-bearers of laissez faire purism can be found at tiny campuses such as Michigan’s Northwood University, where followers of the Austrian economist and paleolibertarian hero Ludwig von Mises eye any government intervention in the economy — any intervention at all — with baleful glares. Friedman? He’s practically a socialist!