Libertarian Professors in Denmark

20 July 2006 at 9:36 am 3 comments

| Nicolai Foss |

Here is a list of libertarian professors, mainly in the US. However, there is also a listing of libertarian professors outside of US. I have the distinct honour of being the only Danish libertarian professor.

However, I am not sure if I am a libertarian (new? neo? paleo? left? vulgar? right?). I guess I am more of your ordinary Jacksonian, paleo-con, semi-Straussian, culturally conservative kind of person.  Moreover, there are actually quite a number of libertarian/conservative professors in Denmark. The best known is surely Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard who is a political science professor at Copenhagen University. Peter is an incredible energetic person with a large scholarly output and a massive production of popular writings in newspapers. He is the European editor of Public Choice. Other prominent Danish professors with a libertarian/conservation orientation are David Gress (history of ideas), Jesper Lau Hansen (Law), Henrik Lando (economics), and Christian Bjørnkjær (economics).

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  • 1. Peter Klein  |  20 July 2006 at 9:43 am

    My own political identity is less subtle than Nicolai’s — I’m just a garden-variety Rothbardian anarcho-capitalist — but I notice that I also made the list. Others in Missouri include my university colleague Mike Podgursky, universally reviled by US teachers’ unions for arguing that teachers are generally overpaid, rather than underpaid, and my former colleague Larry White, whose expertise includes not only monetary theory and history but also surf music and spaghetti Westerns.

  • 2. C. Grammich  |  20 July 2006 at 11:15 am

    I was surprised to see Elizabeth Fox-Genovese on this list. I know her politics have changed, but wasn’t sure they could be called “libertarian.”

    Just knowing he’s an expert of surf music and spaghetti Westerns is enough to make me look up more of Larry White’s work . . .

  • 3. Peter Klein  |  20 July 2006 at 11:26 am

    Douglass North is on the list too, and I think he would be appalled to hear himself described that way!

    Larry’s homepage is here:
    For his non-academic writings you have to browse his posts at Division of Labour (surfing, movies).

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