Galambos and Other Nuts

by Stephan Kinsella on December 14, 2010

From Mises Blog, 2006:

Galambos and Other Nuts

August 8, 2006 by Stephan Kinsella

It’s predictable. Just like if you criticize a scientologist you are going to get a ton of replies from kooks, so if you criticize Galambos (see links below). So let me be clear: from what I have seen Galambos was some minor cult California hippie figure, who was smart but who not only adopted a kind of bizarre, flaky scientism, but a crankish and absurd view of intellectual property.

(I must say I view as similarly crankish Georgists. And if someone uses the word “allodial,” my crankdar also goes off. See more on libertarian cranks and nutjobs–the income tax protestors/Irwin Schiff nuts, common law court types, militia nuts, etc.)

Am I wrong here? Are there serious thinkers–libertarians, Austrians–who actually view Galambos as more than some kooky, marginal figure, and have profited from his thought?Some Galambos mentions:

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Ken Despain March 7, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Mr Kinsella,

You comments on Galambos betray a depth of ignorance on the topic that leave me astounded that you would have the audacity to be as critical as you have been. You obviously know nothing of Galambos and are relying solely on hear say and innuendo from others who have little or no first hand experience with the topic as well.

I can’t imagine why anyone would lend any credence to your comments on any topic since you appear to be willing to present yourself as an authority on subjects about which you have failed to familiarize yourself with even the most elementary facts.

You appear to be one of those people. that are so plentiful these days, that are so enamored with your own ability to babble that you prefer to babble instead of think.

Stephan Kinsella March 19, 2013 at 11:44 am

Thanks. I think Galambos was a complete scientistic quasi-cultist nutter. Anyone who is at all attracted to his insane idea is presumptively a crank in my view. Go back to crank-town, you psycho.

Stephan Kinsella April 7, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Thanks! If only someone would post Galambos’s unabridged works on the web so we could be non-ignorant about it. Oh, wait, that would be against his own theories. Hahah. doomed by self-Darwinism. Probably a good thing.

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