RE: Libertarianism and State based order

Craig Presson (
Wed, 1 Sep 1999 09:11:40 -0700 (PDT)

Actually, I can see how it could be read that way, but I was specifically expressing discontent with the level of rigor possible in economic and political theory. There are some fairly hard formulations about the general optimality of free markets, which is encouraging; but a lot of writing on political theory seems very arm-wavy to me. Maybe there's something really great and hardcore out there that I haven't read? It seems more likely that human politics is just inherently fuzzy.

> Any academics or those who have withered their way through graduate
> programs, I would grateful for advice on how to incorporate Extropian ideas
> into my work without projecting myself as a wackjob. Regretfully,
> anarcho-capatalist; libertarian; and classical liberal theory are not
> mainstream thought in the ivory tower. I would like to incorporate
> Extropian ideas while not damaging my career prospects.

Depends on where you go. Austrian economics, at any rate, has some footholds like Chicago, and of course up the road from me at Auburn. I imagine it's still true that if a classical liberal wackojob joins a randomly-selected PoliSci department, he'll be isolated.

Well, actually, in some ways "token wacko" is nice work if you can get it :-)

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