Is Scott Adams an Austrian? Is He Libertarian?

Monday, June 29, 2009
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Eli, a reader, sent me an email that I will blog here in its entirety.

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Dilbert.com
 
Has he listened to Peter Schiff’s recent podcast with Lew (You’re Better Off as a Renter) or his 2009 Austrian Scholars Conference speech? Or just capitalizing on an obvious fact of bursting housing bubble?

In a September, 2008 commentary on CNN, Adam’s had this to say about his beliefs and thoughts on the then upcoming election:

I should pause here and confess my personal biases, since the messenger is part of the story. On social issues, I lean Libertarian, minus the crazy stuff.

Moneywise, I can’t support a candidate who promises to tax the bejeezus out of my bracket, give the windfall to a bunch of clowns with a 14 percent approval rating (Congress), and hope they spend it wisely.

Unfortunately, the alternative to the guy who promises to pillage my wallet is a lukewarm cadaver. I’m in trouble either way. I just hope whoever gets elected notices that the economists in my survey don’t think that raising my taxes is a priority.

It appears as though Mr. Adams has more common sense than most, although he fails (at least publicly) to acknowledge the source of our perils – the State – and the possibility of more than two choices during an election; the ‘radical’ act of non-participation and the more conventional vote for a third, fourth or fifth party candidate. In his personal blog, (since moved here) he championed his own ‘Economics Party”, which he admits is similar to another party:

The platform might look Libertarian, but it has differences. For example, a Libertarian might be opposed to the government making people wear motorcycle helmets. The Economics Party would just look at the likely higher cost of insurance in a helmet-free world and decide on that basis. I don’t know which way it would come out.

I think he misses the boat that the libertarian philosophy (not necessarily the party) is consistent with his views on helmet wearing; I’m sure an actuary would work out the costs associated from head injuries sans-helmet and price their coverage accordingly (that is, if the state didn’t interfere). His latest blog entry, “Your Bank Hates You” is pretty much spot on, and his analysis of the Iranian election (here, here, and here) is better than any MSM drivel. Working in an office environment, I’ve always enjoyed the Dilbert cartoons. I guess I like Scott Adams too (minus all the crazy stuff, of course).

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