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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/4535/forgotten-proto-austrians/

Forgotten Proto-Austrians

January 8, 2006 by

Here’s my review of Alejandro Chafuen’s stunning book Faith and Liberty: The Economic Thought of the Late Scholastics, a truly original and groundbreaking contribution to the history of economic thought. It partly inspired one of my own books.


Ariel Reier January 8, 2006 at 2:02 pm

I believe another prominent and also forgotten proto-austrian who should be remembered is Herbert Spencer, often wrongly portrayed as a ‘proto-social darwinist’.

His Man against the State is a MUST for any who is to call theirself a classical liberal.

As regards this, needles to say, it should be pointed out that capitalism not necessarily involves any form of ‘social darwinism’.
Instead, by increasing the real salary level, it leads to an improvement in the material conditions of even the most disadvantaged. What some call ‘economic natural selection’is a true moral call.
But that’s another issue.

jeffrey January 8, 2006 at 2:06 pm

You might point this out on the review page on the item page. This review thing is a great gizmo. Wish it were used more!

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