Such was apparently the reaction of some liberal in 1980, according to a conservative writer I read a long time ago. I was reminded of this anecdote when reading Tom Woods discuss his upcoming Phoenix appearance:
Tomorrow (Wednesday) night at 7:00pm I’ll be speaking at Grand Canyon University, Antelope Gymnasium, on the free market and the financial crisis. Charles Goyette, author of The Dollar Meltdown, will introduce me.
One thing I have noticed, since the Ron Paul campaign, is how completely Austrian economics has swept the board among libertarians, especially younger ones. After all the traveling I’ve done, not even one time have I encountered someone who said, “I agree with much of what you’re saying, but I belong to the Chicago School and can’t accept some of your arguments on the Fed.” That isn’t to say that the Chicago School is declining in academia, but its natural constituency among the general public is fully in the Austrian camp.
I think Tom forgets that he is part of a worldwide network of anarchists. As if someone is going to go up after a Tom Woods talk and say, “If only we could have Dick Armey as Fed chief, our problems would be over.”
Incidentally, Charles Goyette is a great public speaker. I was watching his technique when he gave a talk at a Mises Circle last year (?) in Phoenix. Goyette instantly commanded the crowd’s attention; I was trying to put my finger on exactly how he did it so quickly. One thing for sure that I noticed: When he started to tell his opening joke, he completely moved away from the podium. This had a twofold effect:
(1) Everyone could see just what a big guy he was. Not sure why, but that helps.
(2) He exuded confidence. He didn’t need to crutch of the podium, standing in front of 150 people.