About

Economic Thought is a blog dedicated to heterodox economic ideas, most closely associated with the Austrian school.  Apart from economics, topics discussed include politics, political theory and history — and, sometimes, miscellaneous posts, just for fun.  The idea is not to pursue a particular agenda, but to discuss theory and interpret events as we understand them.  More often than not, what this entails is a libertarian interpretation.  However, I think our readers will find that this blog is not an insular one, but one that looks outward at an obtuse angle.

We have no particular person in mind when writing.  We welcome comments from whoever feels inclined to leave their opinion — all (civil and thought-out) comments are welcomed!  In fact, we insist that you leave behind feedback.

The owner and main contributor is Jonathan M.F. Catalán.  To clear some confusion: Finegold and Catalán are both last names, with Finegold being his paternal surname(!) — you really cite Finegold.  (He just thinks Catalán sounds more exotic: true story.)  He has studied, continues to study, and will always study political science and economics (having attended San Diego State University as an undergraduate).  He is an Austrian who has “branched out” — in a relatively limited sense — to alternative strands of thought.  More than anything, he does not recognize the different schools as much as considers economic theory either “correct” or “incorrect.”

Jonathan has written for the Mises Institute, Cobden Centre, and Mises.ca.

Guest Contributors:

Mattheus von Guttenberg —

  • Student

    Hello Jonathan,

    I have been learning about Austrian economics in an informal way (self taught, arm-chair economists) for the last three years now. I came upon your blog a few days ago and have to say I like it. I’m not nearly as well versed in economics as yourself, or any of the posters here, but I agree with your approach to the science. I really agree with your open-mindedness to other economic schools of thought. I feel that both Austrians and Keynesians get caught up in great hostilities that aren’t very contructive. They usually end in straw-man arguements that detract from fruitfull discussion. Both sides are guilty of this. Anyway, I am kinda busy now so I have to cut this short. I hope to continue this another time.

  • Daniel

    Keep up the good work, Jonathan. The blogosphere requires someone with your intelligence, mastery of Austrian economics, and deft ability to weigh in on contemporary economic affairs.

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