Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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No 153: From Weight Watchers to State Watchers: Towards a Narrative of Liberalism

Daniel B. Klein ()
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Daniel B. Klein: George Mason University and the Ratio Institute, Postal: The Ratio Institute, P.O. Box 3203, SE-103 64 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: Alan Kahan’s Mind vs. Money: The War between Intellectuals and Capitalism (Transaction Publishers, 2010) treats intellectuals as a class, and tells of intellectuals’ yearning to play the role of cleric and of aristocrat. Kahan says that intellectuals are necessarily alienated from “capitalism.” In this essay I discuss Kahan’s erudite and insightful – though sometimes exasperating – work, and I take the opportunity to develop some ideas on the topic, ideas in line with Hayek’s thought.

Keywords: Intellectuals; capitalism; liberalism; statism; Hayek

JEL-codes: A10; B00

14 pages, June 4, 2010

Note: To appear in The Review of Austrian Economics.

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