Gilles Campagnola was the French contingent at the Austrian thought conference. He sounded like a contingent because he had so much to say, commenting at length on most of the papers, sometimes with a question at the end, sometimes not. He was good value if you could handle his somewhat eccentric use of English and if you were not in a hurry to get away from the session, which was often the case because so many speakers ran far over their 20 minutes.
The good news for the Australian school is that his research in the Carl Menger archives in Japan and the US revealed a huge influence of Say on the founder of the Austrian school! This a delayed reaction because in his paper he talked about the French liberals and the name that stuck out was Bastiat. However in a previously published paper which he handed out, which I finally read today, he noted that Say was a really major influence. This is not apparent in Menger’s published work but it is obvious from the archives and unpublished material.
This is a huge boost for one of the Melbourne factions of the Australian school, the one that is inspired by the classicals and Say more than the Austrians as usually interpreted. This could be perceived as a poke in the eye for the Lower Neutral Bay faction but we will not be downhearted. We will press boldly with our program, sketched in my conference presentation. NERD ALERT This is a pretty nerdish piece of work and regular guys and guyettes should not bother your pretty little heads with it:) Unless you have got insomnia. This is 2 am Missouri time.
PS I am inclined to put Rafe’s into the title of all my posts, not an ego trip but to help find old posts in future by searching on “Rafe’s”. I am having a lot of trouble finding posts from years gone by and this may help.
Yes it works a treat, the Rafe’s roundups and the progress reports from the grand tour of 2011 all line up! This is the report from Missouri last year.