Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Austrian Knights the Beginning

In the fall of 2007 my friend Ian Dunois (you can find him on his blog Searching for Truth) and I (Jaime Artieda) began a study-discussion-reading group at George Mason University (GMU). Ian and I argued for a while about what we should call our group. Different names came to our minds, but when we came up with Austrian Knights, we knew that was the right choice.

The name Austrian comes from the understanding of Austrian Economics. In the spring of 2007 Dunois and I took a class at GMU called ECON 403 with Professor Geoffrey Lea. I must say that ECON 403 it was a changing experience in my life. The concepts of praxeology, apriorism, subjectivism, and economics all blended, got into my mind creating an exciting curiosity for it.

In the summer of 2007 I attended a summer seminar on Austrian Economics at the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). Following that seminar, Dunois and I attended the seminar on the same subject at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. Professor Lea referred both (Dunois and I) to the seminars. And by the end of the summer Dunois and I were completely merged into the ideas, methodology, philosophy and believes of freedom, politics, philosophy and economics with an understanding of Austrian Economics.

Thus, Dunois and I came up with the word Knight. We needed a word that would be strong and yet passionate. A Knight’s principal duty is to serve, protect, lead and fight if necessary to preserve his kingdom, in our case freedom. This is a brief background on the name of this blog and also our GMU group.

I shall mention that this blog is a process like the market is. Therefore, all the references to Austrian Economics in this blog may not necessary represent what scholars, publications, and people who/which are better inform on this subject. This blog is a learning process for me; I will do my best to be accurate and precise.

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