This time around, David Heinrich has been nominated.
1. Being a Muppet
Mr Heinrich left a comment on the Mises Blog saying:
any Austrian economist that isn't a libertarian is evil
In this exchange I got him to realise that by the logic of his own argument, the truest Austrian economist's would be evil. His initial position was:
Well, being an Austrian, they'd know of the harm that comes from State-intervention in every aspect of life. Thus, if they didn't radically oppose this (libertarianism), I'd say yes they are evil.
Since he defined Austrian economists as those that followed the likes of Ludwig Von Mises and FA Hayek - neither of whom radically opposed "state-intervention in every aspect of life" - I accused him of being a muppet.
In this exchange he claimed:
I certainly didn't say "Austrians have to be absolutely hard-line libertarian".
err, yes you did. He's a muppet for making ridiculous insinuations that he can't back up. It's perfectly consistent to be an Austrian Economist, and feel that there remains a beneficial and proper realm for governments. (As I do).
2. A lesson in deductive reasoning with Mr Heinrich:
This joke is based on an exchange Mr Heinrich had with an anonymous poster, here, (after he talks about red herrings...)
Heinrich: So what do you do?
Professor: I'm a Professor of Economics.
Heinrich: And how do you teach that?
Professor: Via deductive reasoning
Heinrich: And what's deductive reasoning?
Professor: Well, I notice that you have a dog kennel in your backyard.
Professor: And from that, I deduce you have a pet dog
Heinrich: True again!
Professor: Since you have a dog, I deduce that you have a family
Heinrich: Indeed I do
Professor: And if you have a family, you probably have a wife
Heinrich: Yes, she's a munter, but a wife nevertheless.
Professor: So you must be a heterosexual
Heinrich: Wow, deductive reasoning really is powerful!
The next day
Stranger: So what do you do?
Heinrich: I'm a student of deductive reasoning
Stranger: Really? And what's that?
Heinrich: Well, I'll give you an example
Heinrich: Do you have a dog?
(Hang A Libertarian Episode One)
Update: Mr Heinrich has since deleted the comments sections on the posts that I've linked to. I'm left doing keepy-ups whilst he runs home with his ball.