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From Weight Watchers to State Watchers: Towards a Narrative of Liberalism

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  • Klein, Daniel B.

    () (George Mason University and the Ratio Institute)

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Alan Kahan’s Mind vs. Money: The War between Intellectuals and Capitalism (Transaction Publishers, 2010) treats intellectuals as a class, and tells of intellectuals’ yearning to play the role of cleric and of aristocrat. Kahan says that intellectuals are necessarily alienated from “capitalism.” In this essay I discuss Kahan’s erudite and insightful – though sometimes exasperating – work, and I take the opportunity to develop some ideas on the topic, ideas in line with Hayek’s thought.

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  • Klein, Daniel B., 2010. "From Weight Watchers to State Watchers: Towards a Narrative of Liberalism," Ratio Working Papers 153, The Ratio Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:ratioi:0153
    Note: To appear in The Review of Austrian Economics.
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    1. von Hayek, Friedrich August, 1989. "The Pretence of Knowledge," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 79(6), pages 3-7, December.
    2. Paul H. Rubin, 2003. "Folk Economics," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 70(1), pages 157-171, July.
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    Intellectuals; capitalism; liberalism; statism; Hayek;

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    • A10 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - General
    • B00 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - General - - - History of Economic Thought, Methodology, and Heterodox Approaches

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