The parallels between
The Austrian Economists -> Coordination Problem
Scientific Creationism -> Intelligent Design
are just too delicious.
Austrian economics and creationism both suffer from the same big problem. When you dismiss criticism from fellow economists or scientists in favor of authority and bad philosophy, you lose the ability to prevent other fools from larding up your system with numerous contradictory and stupid ideas.
Boettke is aware of this. He writes:
As an experiment, over the past six months we have been tracking the use of the term Austrian economics in the news and in the blogosphere. Less systematically, we have also been listening carefully to the use of the term among fellow professional economists and what they think the label means. The results do not fit our intention. Google alert, for example, inevitably points to financial advice or libertarian politics, rarely to the research paradigm of F. A. Hayek, never to the scholarship of Israel Kirzner. Mises is often mentioned, but Mises the ideological symbol, not Mises the analytical economist. The "Austrian" theory of the business cycle is mentioned, but only in relationship to anti-fed politics and hard money advocacy, and never as an ongoing research program among professional economists.
So the real question now is where is the "Coordination Problem" version of the Wedge strategy?
No discussion is permitted at the new web site. Bob Murphy provides a forum at Boettke Et Al. Engage in Product Differentiation for the sniping, back-stabbing, and other activities typical of authority-based factionalisms. (But to be honest, typical of academia and many other fields as well.) More sniping at Marginal Revolution: Peter Boettke's announcement.
At times like this, I really miss Steve Kangas. We would bust a gut laughing at this.
See also my Austrian Economics index.
[Disclosure: My father was Austrian (Viennese) by birth. He never had anything to do with Austrian economics.]
UPDATE: Ask and ye shall receive. Bob Murphy provides the Austrian Wedge strategy.