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Who is the best debater for Austrian Economics?

After watching Dr. Paul debate on the economy for Austrian economics and doing a great job, I was wondering who do you prefer in debates to represent Austrian economics in the MSM and why?

Some candidates include Dr. Ron Paul, Peter Schiff, Dr. Walter Williams, Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr., Thomas Woods, Walter Block, or someone else.


Please add any video links of your favorite Austrian economist candidate in action. Thanks

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My impression...

In order, the best people at arguing for free markets today are:

1) Judge Andrew Napolitano
2) Tom Woods
3) Rand Paul
4) Peter Schiff


"The problem with trying to child-proof the world, is that it makes people neglect the far more important task of world-proofing the child." -- Hugh Daniel

If you are asking for the best debater...

then it's hands-down Peter Schiff. Has he ever lost a debate? No, and usually he makes the other people look downright silly. Sure he has his talking points but I've never seen him stumped or get uncomfortable with a question. He can articulate the message and use clever analogies better than anyone out there. I also enjoy Thomas Woods, but Schiff with his loud, dominant voice has no equal.

Schiff is a good pugilist,

Schiff is a good pugilist, but I still prefer the gentleman scholar Tom Woods. I daresay his grasp and analysis of history is greater than Schiff's.

Thomas Woods or Jake Towne

I think Jake is on his way to being a great debater.

Russ Roberts is enjoyable to

Russ Roberts is enjoyable to listen to at econlib.org and the writer of the great rap video we've seen today. Not a firey debater, or a good short segment man, but remember we don't have to WIN the debate, we have to give credence to the fact that there is another way. Pissed off Joe and Jane Doe will do the rest for us. You think big-gov types and independents fell in love with Scott Brown's 30-day campaign? Absolutely not, they were fired-up to try something different.

As long as unemp is through the roof, the idea that bubbles ARE explainable is enough for Joe and Jane.

The idea that actual economists (and not just people with their fists in the air) say you can't spend your way to prosperity is enough for Joe and Jane.

The idea that Keynesians read the lessons of the Great Depression wrong, is enough for Joe and Jane.

Hit Charlie Rose's producer with dozens of emails asking for an hour-long program entitled "What if the Austrians are Right?" Russ Roberts & Ron Paul vs. Paul Krugman & Laura Dyson.

(note: dear bonehead who is about to type "Charlie Rose is a hack," save your fingers the trouble and think strategically, thank you)

10-15 million more voters need to believe in non-interventionism (liberty) at home and abroad to change America. Minds changed on Syria. Minds changing on privacy. "Printing money" is part of the dialogue. Win minds through focus, strategy.

I am not sure why he is not out there more but ...

Walter Block is the man.

The guy is not mean or argumentative in tone which means he can more easily convince people.

Big fan I am.

All of us seem to know Austrian Econ,only if we could channel it

I have had conversations on this site that I use to have with my Econ Professors when I was doing my undergrad work, that really says a lot seeing as how the chair to the department was ranked higher in the libertarian national committee than Ron Paul himself.

But without RP this site would have never happen so cheers to all of us.

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I was thinking xntryk1 or octobox! ;.)

Ron Paul has made such a big impact..

Even though he is not the most critical scholar in Austrian Econ. I think he still deserves credence as the best debater through his ability to equate the freedom message with the school and relate that to the common man.

A true flower can not blossom without sunlight and a true man can not live without love.

All good, but I'd go with Thomas Woods.

Walter Block might be added to your list.

"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it." -- Joseph Goebbels

Agree that Tom Woods has a

Agree that Tom Woods has a spectacular command of the subject and is a thoughtful, forceful presenter. Just wish the guy would put his skills to work in political office. He'd make an impression!

I've thought that too.

On the other hand, if he's in office, he wouldn't be debating as much, and we might not see as much of him.

It would be fun to see him in office a term or two though!

"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it." -- Joseph Goebbels

Agree that Tom is among the

Agree that Tom is among the best presenters of the Austrian case, particularly as he is so good at gently mocking Keynesian ideas, making them appear as nutty as they really are.

Totally disagree on political office -- he can do and is doing far more good right where he is. Politics in general is a stupendous waste of human potential.

I think he'd do both equally

I think he'd do both equally well.

Ron Paul and Peter Schiff.

Ron Paul and Peter Schiff. Schiff I think is better at pointing at specific examples of how government intervention in the economy hurts it. His analogies are very clever and he comes up with them so quickly.

I like watching Gerald Celente alot though because he can really rant against the idiocy of government officials.

The success of Jim Rogers though gives alot of credibility to his Austrian views of the economy.

"I'm not an imbecile!" "These so called "Leaders" couldn't lead me across the street, they are not smarter than me!" - Gerald Celente

i like thomas dilorenzo. he

i like thomas dilorenzo. he usually speaks with a calm mind and has an excellent historical point of view to back the austrian perspective. unless you're already into austrian economics, you're probably not gonna like the more aggressive debate with gene epstein, peter schiff, tom woods etc. i like that as well, but i like to have time to process everything.

Hayek kicked ass at the LSE... so i'd say him. plus

he's the predecessor to Mises. But currently i'd say Roger Bradley, Hennz, or Lew

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In the MSM, I'd say Peter

In the MSM, I'd say Peter Schiff. He has a track record of debating real economists and financial experts and always comes out on top. In an academic debate, I'd say Robert Murphy, because he has the biggest grasp of mainstream economics that I've heard out of the Austrians.

Ventura 2012

Tom or Lew hands down

Tom is a fabulous TEACHER and approaches the topic like that.
Lew is more philosophical, but can bring it down to the masses.
I find Schiff and Williams ramble and get far off topic for those who are newbies.
And our dear doctor is already educating with each interview. But you have to have some background to know EVERYTHING he is talking about.

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