Thursday, January 15, 2009

Tullock 1, Austrians 0

I spent a few hours today working in the Tullock archives. Fortunately for all of you, I came across the following correspondence between the new TAE blogger and the old curmudgeon.

(Scribbled on a post-it attached to a paper entitled "Formalism in Austrian-School Welfare Economics: Another Pretense of Knowledge?")

Gordon-
Am I crazy, or are these other Austrians crazy?
Yours-
Dave Prychitko



(Typed on official University of Arizona letterhead and dated August 1, 1995.)

David Prychitko
Department of Economics
State University of New York
Oswego, New York 13126

Dear Dave:

All Austrians are crazy.

Cordially yours,

Gordon Tullock
Karl Eller Professor of
Economics and Political Science

GT : lc
This could be the best Tullock insult discovered as of yet.

3 comments:

Libby said...

That's the awesomest thing I've heard all week.

I agree, Austrian's are crazy. ;P

Dave Prychitko said...

I laughed my ass of when I received it, and posted it on my office door for months.

Will Luther said...

Dave,

Thanks for stopping by! I have a copy of it posted on my refrigerator at present. Your post-it has prompted hours of laughs already.

I should have photocopied some of his correspondence with Walter Block. Or to others about Walter Block. Very funny stuff.

Take care.

(Libby, you are here all the time. So I will just take you for granted. haha)