The Monarcho-Libertariano-Anarchists Among Us
Okay - quasi-homophobic, maybe. Somehow relevant to economic theorizing, maybe. Maybe not. (Was Alexander the Great not disposed toward the future?) And maybe the student is whining a little too loudly and unreflectively with sophomoric reasoning like this: "If it's speculation and it's an opinion, then it should not be inside the lecture. I'm there to get an education, and I'm paying for the course. If the professor is bringing in his opinion or bringing in speculation, then that's not true facts." That econ degree from UNLV didn't come with a side order of critical thinking, huh?
Anyhow, Hoppe is a far more than just an economic prof with an attitude. Or rather, his attitude goes further than just his ideas about gays and time preferences. Yes, it sure does. See, Hoppe's economics are those of the Austrian school, whose theoreticians, like Luwig von Mises, "were extremely skeptical toward all forms of taxation and state power." (See the article for a useful link to a Mises site.) Moreover, "Mr. Hoppe hastens to add that, while he prefers monarchy to democracy, he is not a monarchist. His ideal, he wrote in a 1995 essay, is a quasi-anarchistic system in which society is led by a 'voluntarily acknowledged "natural" elite' comprised of 'families with long-established records of superior achievement, farsightedness, and exemplary personal conduct.'" Wow. Talk about reactionary! Er, wait - talk about futuristic! Right this way, Jeb. Jenna, Barbara, can you stand just behind and to the right of your unka?
And where does this brave intellectual choose to work? In a country where a ruling family holds abolute power, like Saudi Arabia, Brunei, or Ruritania? Why, no, thanks for asking. He pulls down a salary at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, a publicly-funded state university ($165 million in FY 2003). Of course Herr Hoppe does. A crypto-monarchist toiling in the stacks at a state school... I think I just heard the last gasp of the myth of the liberal academy. Michael Bérubé, are you listening, too?