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By Peter J Boettke

This choice of essays from one of many significant Austrian economists operating on the planet this day brings jointly in a single position a few of his key writings on various financial concerns.

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Again, the solution does not require an epistemological defense of objectivity. All that is needed is the more humble defense of an argumentative strategy that allows people to rationally discuss alternative policies. The analyst does not debate the ends but rather restricts the analysis to the logic of meansends. If the ends the advocate seeks are undermined by the means chosen, then even the advocate would have to admit that the chosen policy is inappropriate. ”25 If both an angel and the Devil could agree with the means-ends analysis, then the analysis itself provides an independent or “objective” ground upon which to debate.

On the other hand, if we restrict our analytical attention to the relationship between means and ends, and thus treat ends as given, then we can obtain the necessary critical information that eventually makes value-relevant statements move beyond mere opinions reflecting the political and social preferences of the analyst. Ideology and the Devil’s test The world is a rather tricky place, and utopia is not a viable option. In fact, Why are there no Austrian socialists? 23 perhaps the most important role that economics plays is in providing negative knowledge.

If the ends the advocate seeks are undermined by the means chosen, then even the advocate would have to admit that the chosen policy is inappropriate. ”25 If both an angel and the Devil could agree with the means-ends analysis, then the analysis itself provides an independent or “objective” ground upon which to debate. In economics, mistakes are often made by analysts—even assuming they employ solid economic logic—because the “holding other things constant” clause is forgotten, or the magnitude of the consequence is not dutifully noted.

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