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Faculty Spotlight Interview: John Sophocleus

November 18, 2010

John Sophocleus has taught economics at Clemson University, Auburn University, and Auburn University Montgomery. He has been twice nominated to the Who’s Who Among American Teachers. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Mises Institute and occasionally lectures there, usually on United States tariff history. Sophocleus generally teaches the principles of microeconomics.

 

What do you like to do in your free time? Do you have any hobbies?
I used to restore and maintain my car collection – but with government mandated car insurance, we no longer drive our nice cars. Teaching is my hobby – if the taxes we face were not so great, I’d do more of it…

What drew you to the Austrian school and to the Ludwig von Mises Institute?
The lion’s share of the LvMI folks research market economies instead of command and control economies. When I can be around folks who can teach me more about what I’m interested in – there’s a natural attraction.

Who is your greatest inspiration?
As a teacher Jesus Christ; as an economist James M. Buchanan (not to be
confused w/ Pat Buchanan)

How vital is the area of tariffs in the study of economics? What can it tell us and what kind of insights can be gained from it in the study of Austrian economics?
Tariffs are an integral part of US history – the impact of taxes on the course of civilisation in general is Prof. Charles Adams work, which is a must read for any economist in my opinion.

Do you have any new works on the way?
Possibly turning a Writ of Cert. to the US Supreme Court into Quo Waranto.

What kind of impact do you hope to make with your work?
Return civil rights (5th Amend) to our nation.

Are there any words of wisdom you wish to pass onto the next generation of Austrian scholars?Have the courage of von Mises to stand up against tyranny (as he did against the National Socialists in Nazi Germany) regardless of the consequences.

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