"The qualities of mind...that I seek to emulate: the willingness to question anything, and anybody, on any subject anytime; the categorical refusal to accept anything as sacred; the genuine openness to all ideas; and, finally, the basic conviction that most ideas peddled about are nonsense or worse when examined critically." 

- James M. Buchanan (Economics from the Outside In)

"May we continue to have our differences, for scholarship would be a dull affair without them, but may we continue to have them with respect, affection, and the true spirit of scholarship."

- Donald E. Queller (The Venetian Patriciate)

"The field of science, indeed the whole world of human society, is a cooperative one. At each moment we are competing, whether for academic honors or business success. But in the background, and what makes society an engine of process, is a whole set of successes and even failures from which we have learned."

​- Kenneth Arrow (1986)

​"...nobody can be a great economist who is only an economist—and I am even tempted to add that the economist who is only an economist is likely to become a nuisance if not a positive danger."

- F. A. Hayek  (Social and Economic Philosophy)

"Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties."

- John Milton (1644)

"...truth eludes us if we do not concentrate our attention totally on its pursuit." 

- Alexandr Solzhenitsyn (1978)

Daniel J. Smith is an Associate Professor of Economics at Middle Tennessee State University and the Director of the Political Economy Research Institute. Dr. Smith was previously the BB&T Professor of Economic Freedom at Troy University and the Associate Director of the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy. He serves as the Book Review Editor for The Review of Austrian Economics. Daniel was raised in Midland, MI, where he also did his undergraduate at Northwood University. Daniel received his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. Dr. Smith's academic research uses both Austrian and public choice economics to analyze market and governmental institutions.

Dr. Daniel J. Smith


Director, Political Economy Research Institute at Middle Tennessee State University

Associate Professor of Economics, Jennings A. Jones College of Business

Book Review Editor, The Review of Austrian Economics

daniel.smith@mtsu.edu