re: Austrians Again

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Lew, just how sloppy and/or biased that Wall Street Journal article was, as pointed out by The Daily Bell, can be seen by simply Googling “Austrian Economics,” as the reporter should have done.  The first thing that pops up is the Web page of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.  Peter Boettke is way, way down the list.  One would think that a WSJ reporter doing a story on Austrian economics would have the intelligence to conduct such a search.

Or before declaring Boettke the most influential Austrian in the world, perhaps one should first take a look at the popularity (or lack thereof) of any books he may have written, compared to other Austrians.  A quick look at shows that Boettke’s biggest seller, Calculation and Coordination: Essays on Socialism and the Political Economy of Transition, has a sales ranking of 1,224,424.  Two of his other books are in the 6 million range.

By contrast, our own Tom Woods’s Meltdown is currently at 22,797 and his latest book, Nullification, is ranked at 9,245 this morning.  Meltdown was a New York Times bestseller when it was first published.  My most popular book, The Real Lincoln, is ranked today at 10,458, eight-and-a-half years after it was published.  A Wall Street Journal editor who fails to ask such elementary questions  for such an article is either incompetent or grossly biased and deceiving.

9:27 am on August 31, 2010