The Politicization of Academia

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


Policy advocates often co-align on multiple fronts: market failure deniers (and climate change deniers in particular) are often proponents of ‘free’ market ‘liberty’ for the financial sector. Hayek referred to the Greens as the new barbarians in our midst; had he been a younger man, he would have concentrated on exposing Greens, instead of focusing almost exclusively on exposing Reds. As a forecaster, Hayek was ‘a little mistaken’ in his diagnosis of the postwar development’ (he was out by two decades); while Mises insisted that ‘policies of nonintervention prevailed—free trade, freely fluctuating wage rates, no form of social insurance, etc.—there would be no acute unemployment.’ After eight years of the ‘free’ market, real Russian per capita income fell 80%; 30% of Russians sank below the poverty line; life expectancy for Russian adult males declined by five years; and 40% of Russia’s children were chronically ill. Post-Communist Russia became ruled by a ‘small, self-perpetuating oligarchy’—an outcome that Murray Rothbard promoted.


Archival Insights into the Evolution of Economics (and Related Projects)

  1. Filip, B. (2018). Hayek and Popper on Piecemeal Engineering and Ordo-Liberalism. In R. Leeson (Ed.), Hayek: A Collaborative Biography Part XIV: Popper, Polanyi and Humboldt. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.Google Scholar
  2. Goldschmidt, N., & Hesse, J.-O. (2013). Eucken, Hayek, and the Road to Serfdom. In R. Leeson (Ed.), Hayek: A Collaborative Biography Part II Influences, from Mises to Bartley. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.Google Scholar
  3. Leeson, R. (2018). Hayek: A Collaborative Biography Part VIII The Constitution of Liberty: ‘Shooting in Cold Blood’ Hayek’s Plan for the Future of Democracy. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.Google Scholar
  4. Vanberg, V. (2013). Hayek in Freiburg. In R. Leeson (Ed.), Hayek: A Collaborative Biography Part I Influences, from Mises to Bartley. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.Google Scholar

Other References

  1. Bast, J. (2011, June 30). My Eight Years as an Undergraduate. James Martin Centre.
  2. Bast, J. (2017, January 20). Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast on Trump’s Inaugural Address. Heartland Institute.
  3. Bast, J., & Spencer, R. (2014, May 26). The Myth of the Climate Change 97. The Wall Street Journal.
  4. Boettke, P. J. (2001). Calculation and Coordination Essays on Socialism and Transitional Political Economy. London: Routledge.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Boettke, P. J. (2007a). The Economics of Atlas Shrugged. In E. W. Younkins (Ed.), Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged: A Philosophical and Literary Companion. New York: Routledge.Google Scholar
  6. Boettke, P. J. (2007b). Boettke on Austrian Economics. EconTalk Episode with Pete Boettke Hosted by Russ Roberts.
  7. Boettke, P. J. (2015, January 25). The Transformative Rise of Austrian Economics. The Daily Bell.
  8. Boettke, P. J., & Haeffele-Balch, S. (2017, June 5). The Case for Ordinary Economics. USA Today.
  9. Burgin, A. (2012). The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets Since the Depression. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Burnett, H. S. (2017, February 16). Early Actions Show Trump Is Serious About Climate, Energy Policy Reform. Heartland Institute.
  11. Burns, J. (2009). Goddess of the Market Ayn Rand and the American Right. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  12. Chamberlain, J. (1987, March). Reason Interview with John Chamberlain. Reason.
  13. Cordato, R. E. (1990). Remarks to the Lithuanian Delegation. Austrian Economics Newsletter,, 14(2), 14.Google Scholar
  14. Cornwell, J. (1999). Hitler’s Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII. New York: Viking.Google Scholar
  15. Cornwell, J. (2003, October 29). Hitler’s Pope Pope Pius XII helped Hitler destroy German Catholic political opposition. Vanity Fair.Google Scholar
  16. Dalin, D. (2005). The Myth of Hitler’s Pope: How Pope Pius XII Rescued Jews from the Nazis. Washington, DC: Regnery.Google Scholar
  17. Ebeling, R. M. (2017a, October 6). The Foundations of Prosperity and Freedom Interview with Richard Ebeling. The Citadel Newsroom.
  18. Ebeling, R. M. (2017b, March 20). Trump’s Budgetary Blueprint Retains America’s Welfare State. Heartland Institute.
  19. Eilperin, J. (2012, November 25). Climate Skeptic Group Works to Reverse Renewable Energy Mandates. Washington Post.
  20. Farrell, J. (2017). Richard Nixon: The Life. New York: Doubleday.Google Scholar
  21. Friedman, M. F. (1969, November 10). Ivory Tower. Newsweek.Google Scholar
  22. Friedman, M. F. (1973, April 3). Introduction. To F.A. Hayek’s Talk at Mont Pelerin. Mont Pelerin Society Newsletter. MPS Archives Box 48.4.Google Scholar
  23. Gordon, L. (1949). Libertarians at Bay. American Economic Review, 39(5), 976–978.Google Scholar
  24. Hayek, F. A. (1949). The Intellectuals and Socialism. University of Chicago Law Review, 16(3), 417–433.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  25. Hayek, F. A. (1978). Oral History Interviews. Los Angeles: Centre for Oral History Research, University of California.
  26. Hayek, F. A. (1982). Interview with Edmund Goldberger. The Corporate Board. Vols. 3–4.Google Scholar
  27. Hayek, F. A. (1984, May–June). Exclusive Interview with F.A. Hayek. Cato Policy Report.
  28. Hoppe, H.-H. (2014 [1995]). The Private Property Order: An Interview with Hans-Hermann Hoppe. Austrian Economic Newsletter, 18(1).
  29. Hülsmann, J. G. (2007). Mises: The Last Knight of Liberalism. Auburn, AL: Ludwig von Mises Institute.Google Scholar
  30. Ivory, D., & Faturechiaug, R. (2007, August 7). Secrecy and Suspicion Surround Trump’s Deregulation Teams. New York Times.
  31. Koch, C. (1978, August 7). The Business Community: Resisting Regulation. Libertarian Review, 7, 30–34.
  32. Kouryaev, A. (2001). Mises in Moscow: Interviews With Alexander Kouryaev and Yuri N. Maltsev. Austrian Economics Newsletter, 21(4) (Winter).
  33. Krugman, P. (2017a, August 14). When the President Is Un-American. New York Times.
  34. Krugman, P. (2017b, August 28). Fascism, American Style. New York Times.
  35. Krugman, P. (2017c, August 11). The Axis of Climate Evil. New York Times.
  36. Kuehnelt-Leddihn, E. M. (n.d.). The Cultural Background of Ludwig von Mises.
  37. Lal, D. (2009). The Mont Pelerin Society: A Mandate Renewed. Mont Pelerin Society Presidential Address.
  38. Lipton, E., & Fandosjuly, N. (2017, July 17). Departing Ethics Chief: U.S. Is ‘Close to a Laughingstock.’ New York Times.
  39. Martin, A. (2010, September). The Analects of Boettke. Journal of Private Enterprise, 26(1), 125–141.Google Scholar
  40. Millman, O. (2017, April 14). Scott Pruitt Hails Era of Environmental Deregulation in Speech at Coal Mine. Guardian.
  41. Millman, O., & Rushe, D. (2017, February 23). New EPA Head Scott Pruitt’s Emails Reveal Close Ties with Fossil Fuel Interests. Guardian.
  42. Mises, L. (1950, May 4). Middle-of-the-Road Policy Leads to Socialism. Commercial and Financial Chronicle.
  43. Mises, L. (1985 [1927]). Liberalism in the Classical Tradition (R. Raico, Trans.). Auburn, AL: Mises Institute.Google Scholar
  44. Mises, L. (2007 [1958]). Mises and Rothbard Letters to Ayn Rand. Journal of Libertarian Studies, 21(4), 11–16.Google Scholar
  45. Mises, L. (2009). Observations on Professor Hayek’s Plan. Libertarian Papers, 1, 2.
  46. Mises, L. (2010 [1944]). Omnipotent Government. The Rise of the Total State and Total War. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund.
  47. Mises, M. (1984). My Years with Ludwig von Mises (2nd ed.). Cedar Falls, IA: Center for Futures Education.Google Scholar
  48. Oreskes, N., & Conway, E. (2010). Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming. London: Bloomsbury.Google Scholar
  49. Orr, I. (2017a, April 27). To Put America First, Trump Must Exit the Paris Climate Agreement. Heartland Institute.
  50. Orr, I. (2017b, June 12). Trump’s Exit from Climate Accord Puts America First, for a Change. Heartland Institute.
  51. Peterson, W. H. (1996, July 1). A History of the Mont Pelerin Society. The Freeman.
  52. Peterson, W. H. (2009). Mises in America. Auburn, AL: Ludwig von Mises Institute.Google Scholar
  53. Rand, A. (1957). Atlas Shrugged. London: Random House.Google Scholar
  54. Rockwell, L. H., Jr. (1990, May 3). Tobacco Is a Dirty Weed; I Like It. Los Angeles Times.
  55. Rockwell, L. H., Jr. (1998, September 15). Mises and Liberty. This Was the Keynote Address at the Ludwig von Mises Institute’s New Building Dedication and Conference on the Great Austrian Economists, June 5–6, 1998, in Auburn, AL. Mises Institute.
  56. Schulman, D. (2014). Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty. New York: Grand Central Publishing.Google Scholar
  57. Smith, A. (1827 [1776]). An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. London: W. Strahan and Cadell.Google Scholar
  58. Tabarrok, A. (1990a). Remarks to the Lithuanian Delegation. Austrian Economics Newsletter, 14(2), 14.
  59. Tabarrok, A. (1990b). Subjective Value Theory: A Reformulation. Austrian Economics Newsletter, 12(1).
  60. Taylor, B. (1976, August 28). The Pit of State Control. St. Andrew’s Citizen. MPS Archives Box 48.4.Google Scholar
  61. Wallace, L. (1980, December 16). Too Little, Too Slow: Nobel Economist Judges Trial of Monetarism in Britain. Wall Street Journal. MPS Archives Box 48.3.Google Scholar
  62. Wemple, E. (2017, June 26). Three CNN Employees Resign Over Retracted Story on Russia Ties. Washington Post.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

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

Personalised recommendations