Why Austrians Are Not Neoliberals

Dans cet article très éclairant, Philippe Bagus, montre la confusion qu’il existe entre les différents courants de la pensée économique libérale. Il précise la pensée économique autrichienne qu’il ne faut pas confondre avec le courant monétariste de Friedman et le courant ordo libéral de Röpke. La confusion vient de ce que ces différents courants sont représentés  au sein de la société du Mont Pèlerin, bien que les thèses des différents protagonistes soient souvent opposés. La politique des QE (quantitative easing) n’a jamais été prônée par exemple par Ludwig Von Mises et ceux qui le suivent. Philippe Bagus reproche à P.Mirowski sont manque de précision qui conduit à des confusions innacceptables sur le plan des idées:

 

Philip Mirowski, known for his book More Heat than Light: Economics as Social Physics, Physics as Nature’s Economics in which he criticizes neoclassical economics for adopting methods from the natural sciences, recently published a book on neoliberalism and the economics profession during the financial crisis. In Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown, his main thesis is that the economics profession utterly failed in predicting and explaining the financial crisis. Nevertheless mainstream economists did not suffer any negative consequences but continue with business as usual.

In Mirowski’s view, neoclassical economics, neoliberalism, and the political right came out of the crisis stronger thanks to a complicated propaganda effort and an intricate lobbying machine headed by the Mont Pelerin Society (MPS). According to Mirowski, the Mont Pelerin Society functions at the heart of a complex web of conservative and free-market think tanks and the neoliberal academics that controls politics.

Mirowski’s analysis is interesting even though it comes from a far left and egalitarian perspective. Especially pertinent is his analysis and critique of neoclassical economics.

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