By David Sloan Wilson
I recently took part in a workshop titled “Tensions in the Political Economy Project of F.A. Hayek”. The Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek (1899-1992) is a libertarian God and the workshop was organized by George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, a Mecca for modern libertarian thought. Nevertheless, I knew coming into the workshop that its organizers and participants were not “Greed is Good” ideologues. They are quick to distinguish between a “vulgar” and “sophisticated” version of libertarianism and the career of Hayek, which spanned seven decades, provides ample room for nuanced thought. The title of the workshop signaled that the organizers were willing to question their own worldview.