As part of The Intellectual Portrait Series, political philosopher and economist Anthony de Jasay converses with Dr. Hartmut Kliemt, as this presentation sets back to the fears and job-seeking obstacles that forced him to flee his country Hungary, and to the later years when he earned a degree in economics. His understanding of this science has allowed him to write several books regarding related topics, such as power, politics, government, and individuals, among others, while stating that economics teaches people to think and to have an alertness of mind.
De Jasay presents his view on social contracts, referring to it as the opium of the people, and explains how individuals fall into the trap of believing in the need and voluntary acceptance of the state's intervention to rule over them. The dialogue furthers on his accumulation of experiences and knowledge, as they discuss his academic works and his analysis on the idea of limited and minimal government, making evident his conviction in balance of power, spontaneous enforcement and free will.
A Conversation with Anthony de Jasay Anthony de Jasay, Hartmut Kliemt
Liberty Fund: The Intellectual Portrait Series Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2001
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About the authors
Anthony de Jasay, was born at Aba, Hungary in 1925. He was educated at Székesfehérvár and Budapest, taking a degree in Agriculture. In 1947-1948 he worked as a free-lance journalist. took a part-time course in Economics at the University of Western Australia. In 1962 he moved to Paris and worked there as a banker, first in an executive capacity and then on his own account. De Jasay writes Reflections from Europe, a monthly column for The Library of Economics and Liberty. Helmut Kliemt is full professor for Practical Philosophy at the University of Duisburg in Germany. Since 1990, he has also been an adjunct research associate of the Center for the Study of Public Choice at George Mason University. His main interests are applications of elementary pure game theory to basic problems of political theory, economic and ethical issues of health care, and political philosophy, especially that of the British Moralists.
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