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man that hayak has a lot to answer for, for sure.

another perverse thinker that had such a destructive effect on history through paranoia...

from austria.

must be in the water... diary about the formation of political philosophy in austria's history? what thoughtstreams did these lunatics drink from to get to their erroneous conclusions?

DoDo?

perhaps geography has less to do with it than i think...

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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Jun 14th, 2011 at 03:18:49 PM EST
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My guess would be the drastic collapse of the Habsburg Empire in 1918. Today's little Austria is a successor state to the Habsburg Empire that once led the German Empire, dominated Europe and spanned the New World.

Imagine if Great Britain had been soundly defeated in 1918 and forced not only to abandon its empire but to break up into Ireland (whole of), Scotland (to furthest extent and then some), Wales, Cornwall, and every little region with ambitions. Leaving London with a crippled little state, unable to even lord it over the neighbours, having to take orders from Edinbourgh or be the target of punishment expeditions.

How much hate, bile and longing for the old world would that little England produce?

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by A swedish kind of death on Thu Jun 16th, 2011 at 04:09:47 PM EST
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Sounds nice, but "the Austrians" were a sect of liberals who had little to do with imperial nostalgia, and the development of their views as we know them today are probably not unaffected by their long-time residences and high standing in Anglo-Saxon countries.

It is also interesting to note that although the Austrians gathered at the university of Vienna, their godfather, Carl Menger, as well as leading figure Ludwig von Mises, came from Galicia (the part of Poland first grabbed by the Habsburgs, later by Stalin, and now part of the Ukraine).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Jun 16th, 2011 at 04:29:43 PM EST
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Good thing it was just a guess then :)

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by A swedish kind of death on Thu Jun 16th, 2011 at 04:34:20 PM EST
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