Bryan Caplan

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Bryan Caplan is an American associate professor of Economics at George Mason University. A great deal of his professional work has been devoted to the philosophies of libertarianism and free-market capitalism.

Caplan is also well known for his criticisms of the Austrian school of economics. While he once considered himself an economist in the Austrian tradition, he has since rejected Austrian praxeological methods in favor of neoclassical methods. While Austrian economists have universally disagreed with his criticisms, they have praised him as one of their more knowledgeable and interesting critics.

Caplan has also been a critic of the economics profession in general, on the grounds that a large portion of economic research is devoted to issues which are minute or uninteresting.

He maintains a "Museum of Communism" site, in which he analyzes Marxist ideas, verifying (in his view) the ideological links between Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin and giving overviews of Communist atrocities in the 20th century.

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