is an economist at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and a brilliant libertarian polemicist
in German and English, whose last book, Democracy: The God that Failed
, has created excitement here
and in Europe, Hoppe’s work defends immigration restriction and free trade
, among other things. Last year, Hoppe offended the Thought Police on his campus by noting
that homosexuals (like other groups, such as the very young and very old) plan less for the future than heterosexuals. This fleeting observation in a 75-minute lecture
led gay activists
to demand the university authorities punish Hoppe for violating protected group rights. Now the university is proposing to reprimand him and withhold his next pay increase. The ACLU (!) has ridden to his defense, on the grounds that whatever gay might claim for themselves, their "protection"
does not take precedence over freedom of speech, and the Las Vegas Review-Journal
him as “a world-renowned economist, author and speaker.” Stay tuned.