Espero que os meus colegas não levem a mal este espaço de publicidade, solicitado pela equipe que tentará dinamizar a Escola Austríaca em Portugal (no meu entender, aquela que epistemologicamente melhor se encaixa na tradição intelectual católica, de resto, onde tem as suas raízes e autores, desde a chamada pré-Escola Austríaca, com os escolásticos da Península Ibérica, e ainda em França, Irlanda, e depois em Viena - mais, melhor, antes, e depois, que a tradição anglo-saxónica):
"Caríssimos simpatizantes do Instituto Ludwig von Mises Portugal (IMP), O Instituto tem o prazer de vos convidar para o Jantar de Apresentação da nova equipa do IMP. Serão apresentados os novos projectos do Instituto, nomeadamente um Ciclo de Conferências do Liberalismo que se avizinha.
O jantar terá lugar no Porto, no Restaurante Varanda da Barra, pelas 21h do próximo dia 19 de Setembro.
É obrigatória a confirmação de presença, apenas sendo necessário mandar e-mail para email@example.com até ao dia 15."
PS: O primeiro tratado formal de economia moderna deve ser apontado a Richard Cantillon (1680-1734) com o seu:
"Joseph Schumpeter, the great historian of economic thought and student of Eugen von Bohm-Bawerk, described the Essai as "the first systematic penetration of the field of economics." In his treatise on the history of economic thought, Murray N. Rothbard named Cantillon "the founding father of modern economics."
The mystery of Richard Cantillon begins with his birth, which is now placed during the 1680s in southwest Ireland. He was born into a family of Catholic landlords who had fought for the Stuart cause, and thus were dispossessed of their lands by Cromwell. His origins in the landed gentry shines through in the Essai where the landlord, the truly independent person in the economy, plays the crucial decisionmaking role in both production and consumption.
The Essai follows a progressive arrangement of ideas appropriate for the elucidation of economic theory (like Menger's Principles), and also shows many links to Cantillon's own life.
Part one is an analysis of the real economy of the isolated state loosely based on the precapitalist economy of his family's heritage.
The second half of part one is where Cantillon becomes the first economist to develop the key Austrian insights concerning the entrepreneur and the role entrepreneurship plays in the economy. The entrepreneur is the bearer of risks inflicted by the changes in market demand. This is a direct reflection of Cantillon's own early career as an assistant to British Paymaster James Bridges during the War of Spanish Succession. There he learned and excelled in the role of accountant and contract negotiator, and learned the basics of banking and international finance.
In part two of the Essai, Cantillon laid out his pathbreaking Austrian analysis of the monetary economy, exposing the great error of mercantilism (that money is wealth).
In part three of the Essai, Cantillon addresses the issues of foreign trade, exchange rates, and the role of banks. Here, Cantillon makes some of his most important contributions to economic understanding. This section is a critique of mercantilist policies and the financial innovations of John Law during the Mississippi System and South Sea Bubble. This is a reflection of the third period in Cantillon's career, during which he made a fortune by understanding Law's system and its inevitable consequences."