Who Lies Behind the ‘Free’ Market?

  • Robert Leeson
Part of the Archival Insights into the Evolution of Economics book series (AIEE)


In 1938, almost 100% of Austrians voted in favour of Anschluss with Germany; and then, Eastern ReichThird Reich Austrians—who comprised only 8% of the total population—rapidly became disproportionately represented as SS members, concentration camp staff and commanders. Austrian territory was the road to serfdom for the 800,000 victims who were compelled to work as war-time slave labourers (many of whom were murdered as the Allies advanced). This history was rectified by the war-time Austrian National Committee which united all Austrian ‘rightwingers’ and provided them with political representation in Washington. One of their successes was the proclamation of ‘Austrian Day’ (25 July 1942) by twelve U.S. State Governors (the ‘dissociation of German villains and Austrian victims’). Otto the Habsburg Pretender—Opus Dei’s candidate as monarch to rule over a united Catholic Europe—was the leading force behind this Orwellian rectification. In 1980, Hayek and Brian Crozier also used ‘unscrupulous methods’ to try and get Habsburg’s associate, Franz-Josef Strauss, elected as West German Chancellor. They were assisted and funded by the carbon lobby and the Heritage Foundation, where ‘scholars’ ‘hovered’ around Hayek ‘with a combination of delight and awe that makes them seem like small boys around a football hero.’


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Notre Dame Australia UniversityFremantleAustralia

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