Saturday, November 22, 2008

"I do not thank you, Therese; you have only done your duty."

Will Wilkinson praises the unpredictability of Tyler Cowen's opinions. I'm none to judge, and I'm sure Wilkinson is right, but it is strange for me to see a libertarian praise another libertarian as unpredictable because he decreed that the Great Depression wasn't cured by the New Deal. A libertarian arguing that is about as unpredictable as a fundamentalist arguing that the answer to your problem is found in the Bible.

Update: A couple lines of unproductive snark redacted from the end of this post.

8 comments:

Agamben said...

Whither the sexy picture? Did you redact that too?

Freddie said...

When I did my little redesign I was trying out a couple of different new pictures but couldn't choose one I liked. So I stuck my namesake from Scooby Doo up there. I'll put a more serious picture up sometime soon.

Will Wilkinson said...

Well, I think he's more unpredictable than you!

Freddie said...

Yeah but isn't thinking the New Deal didn't end the Depression kind of a universal assumption in your circle?

JeffB said...

I much prefer productive snarkiness.

Will Wilkinson said...

Freddie, Not an assumption, a conclusion. Tyler shows his math, some of which was new to me.

Anonymous said...

Cowen is pretty moderate. I was surprised to see him essentially refute the economic value of all non-monetary New Deal policies. I'd expect that from Tabarrok, not so much from Cowen.

Freddie said...

Fair enough!