An Austrian Perspective on Jared Diamond

By Michael Tabone of Evolution of Economics

Jared Diamond wrote both “Guns, Germs and Steel” as well as “Collapse“. Both have to do with “how” civilizations are formed and how they collapse.


However: they are incomplete and completely devoid of an Austrian Econ/Libertarian treatment. And these two books are very often part of standard college curriculum or at least referenced.

John Bratland, economist with the US department of the Interior, wrote in the Journal of Libertarian Studies, volume 22 (2010): 65-98, on exactly this.

He goes through the good and bad of Diamond’s theory and how Mises, Hoppe and others in the Austrian/libertarian tradition can fill in and correct Diamond’s gaps/flaws.

Here is the link:

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