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Pep talk for academics


I have been out of academia and working for think tanks for a while now, and so I may have a better ear for the changing climate than those of you still grading papers. “Real people” are a lot more receptive to thinking hard about economic issues lately, for obvious reasons.

To give a concrete example, the op ed below (sorry for self-promo) involves a fair amount of concentration to follow. I really don’t think the AJC would have run something like this during normal times, because it’s too abstract/geeky.

Based not just on emails from Mises.org readers, but just casual conversation with people I know outside of work, etc., I think a lot of people are really starting to learn that “the experts” don’t have a clue what is going on. And since this will affect their 401(k)s etc., the average people are actually interested in the issue and will listen if someone explains things.

Robert P. Murphy is a Senior Fellow with the Mises Institute and Research Assistant Professor with the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University. He is the author of many books including Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action (Independent Institute, 2015) which is a modern distillation of the essentials of Mises's thought for the layperson. Murphy is co-host, with Tom Woods, of the popular podcast Contra Krugman, which is a weekly refutation of Paul Krugman's New York Times column.

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