And, I might add, Allen, I think most of the Austrian School economists are "free-market" ideologues with no concept of reality - that is, with little to contribute to a reasoned discussion. It seems obvious to virtually anyone who thinks - which clearly includes yourself - that some kind of "mixed" economy is required in a functioning society. It is the balance of the mix that is important, and as you note, purists of virtually every stripe are counterproductive.

A well reasoned argument is like a diamond: impervious to corruption and crystal clear - and infinitely rarer.

Here, as elsewhere, people are outraged at what feels like a rigged game -- an economy that won't respond, a democracy that won't listen, and a financial sector that holds all the cards. - Robert Reich