Enough preamble. I am going to now begin abusing my blog (since I think only about 3 people read it this shouldn't be a big deal) by recording my progress through Man, Economy, and State. My plan is to post a discussion regarding every major section. I might say I'm aspiring to my own version of Bob Murphy's study guide for MES, but I haven't read it so I can't say it. My hope is that people will happen upon these postings and discover the genius that is Rothbard.
I will close by saying that the largest hurdle for Austrian economists (or aspiring ones) in advancing the profession is the immense chasm between Austrian methodology (that is praxeology) and the neoclassical methodology (mathematics). Both use types of logic: praxeology is essentially deductive logic, and math is symbolic logic. Nevertheless, the orthodox method is a menu of mathematical models. Austrian economists have to fight that battle. This has also been my most difficult hurdle in accepting as legitimate economics the Austrian method. I've crossed that hurdle as I've read the work of the various Austrians (most notably Hayek) but I believe this issue is what prevents Austrian methods from being taken seriously by the mathematically-driven orthodoxy.
Enough for now. In the next post, I will begin discussing Chapter 1 of MES.