Also, I think this could count as reference for the wikipedia article.
I wrote it. I hope you enjoyed it. Let's see if it results in some new interest.
Nice, I finished reading it and I did enjoy reading this article. Any chance of getting it cross-posted to Mises.org or another site with less of a stigma attached to it? I've found that unfortunately, the quickest way to get labelled as a loon is to refer someone to a site like LRC. It sucks but I prefer to be able to inject ideas into people's minds without them shooting the messenger!
Thanks for the feedback.
As for the cross-posting, that's completely up to Lew, since he's in charge of both of them. I have no control over that. I see LRC as no more loony than the HuffPo, WND, or OpinionJournal.com All are unapologetic in their agendas and equally polarizing. I gave up years ago about worrying about being labeled anything. I'm a full-on anarchist so LRC is the appropriate site for when the spirit moves to write. LRC is the politically aggressive site, Mises.org is more of the pure intellectual one. They both have their uses. I would argue that LRC is more influential. By a long shot. I refer people to both depending on which approach will work better with that person.
In the end, though, those that do not have eyes to see or ears to hear won't listen to either. I've learned that planting seeds is all you can do and you'd be amazed at how long it takes for some people to sprout. But, it happens.
You can't just throw someone into an ice-cold lake. You gotta ease their minds into it. I find it's easier to get people to listen and learn when you start from a point of common reference. Agreed about planting seeds
I'm usually a big enough splash of cold-water. The recommendations to LRC and Mises.org happen after a fair bit of ground work has been laid. What I've found is as events unfold people start coming to you looking for answers b/c you've established yourself as an 'expert' on these things that they've never spent a minute caring about.