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(I know you are a big FB guy, so I wanted to give you props in a currency you will accept...)

Mike Munger

Pete, when you're getting to know a student at an IHS or FEE seminar, and the student expresses interest in Austrian economics AND in becoming an academic, but then answers the "what have you read" question with some combination of Rothbard, Hoppe, Kinsella, DiLorenzo, Paul, and Schiff, what are your reading recommendations for this student to immerse in Austrian economics?


Mises, Hayek and Kirzner.

Respect the inspiration, but suggest an alternative path that is more professionally engaged rather than inward looking. But respect the inward looking project and the inspiration that it has represented in this young persons life (just as in my college I read Sennholz et al).

I have erred in my teaching on more than one occasion by failing to give due respect to the sources of inspiration that a young person might find from various authors (which at one time I was very influenced by myself).

I think our central argument should be "become the best economist you can become" or "become the most sophisticated classical liberal you can become." Take the starting point as given (and important) and then suggest that our profession is so exciting and the world is so interesting, that studying economic ideas should be the priority and the most successful examples within the modern Austrian school in that regard are Mises, Hayek, and Kirzner.

At least that is what I hope I am communicating. Respect, but nudging to pursue an alternative path for presenting these ideas we think are so important for social understanding and social change.

Geography when it is well taught is a great interdisciplinary subject. We had a really good geography teacher in the last year at school, in retrospect he missed a lot of connections he could have made to economics but some were pretty obvious for an alert student, like the location of industries and settlements. It hadn't degenerated into social studies in those days.

It is good to keep in touch with all schools of thought (accepting that you can't read everyting) and personal contacts are important for that. Starting with shared problems can enable both parties to lay some cards on the table with a minimum of confrontation - I think that is the way Pete Klein did it.

"I did not know you can actually autograph an e-book, but now I know you can, and not just sign, but personalize."

I will kill you if you ever do this for (to?) me.

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Josh,I do not share Imber's pessimism, but I stnglory agree with many of the claims that he makes about sociologists being a tool for progressive politics. What gives rise to this, methinks, are Intro to Sociology textbooks. Many, if not all, intro level texts present sociology as a congeries of subject matters from gender and race to crime and inequality.An introductory text that inundates students with rational choice and network analysis assignments will truncate the belief that sociology is this atheoretical, impressionistic subject matter.

Dain,Mental health peofrssionals do a good job of diagnosing and describing the behavior of children presenting with severe emotional and behavioral problems. However, they have failed at apprising parents how to improve their child's problematic behavior.For example, it is one thing for a mental health professional to state this is what your child is diagnosed with, and these are the problematic behaviors that are symptomatic of this diagnosis. It is quite another thing to state this is what your child is diagnosed with, these are the problematic behaviors that are symptomatic of this diagnosis, and thirdly, this is how to improve your child's behavior.

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