Peter Lipsey returned from the IHS conference in Chicago and presented me with this post-card image of the IHS version of Mount Rushmore.
It has been awhile since I would have associated IHS with such a clear cut endorsement of these thinkers and I am thrilled to see it. Throw Mises in there for Isabel Paterson and we can get really serious.
Seriously, I guess if I had my Mount Rushmore I would put Mises, Hayek, Nozick, and Friedman. Who would be on your Mount Rushmore?
BTW, have you seen the various discussions of the silly behavior by U of Chicago faculty members who are "concerned" about the establishment of the Milton Friedman Institute? If Milton Friedman can cause intellectual angina among "faculty" smart enough to warrant an appointment at U of Chicago, then everyone should realize the intellectual state of affairs we are in. Almost as dire as the economy itself! If that is an accurate depiction of the world of ideas in US universities, then organizations like FEE, IHS and Liberty Fund have a huge role to play in creating space for classical liberal and libertarian scholarship --- but they will be successful only if they do not water-down the message either by cheap commitments to non-thinking sloganeering or stealthy and non-commitment to libertarian scholarship. As I have said before, we neither want ignorant dogmatism nor milly-mouthed pseudo-sophistication. Time, instead, to uphold as ideal intellectual role models: Mises, Hayek, Rothbard, Rand, Nozick and Friedman (among our honored deceased from the 20th century) and Buchanan and Epstein (among the still living great classical liberals).