“2012 was for Russ and me filled (as recent years have been) with accusations that we write what we write, say what we say, teach what we teach, and blog what we blog only because we’re intellectual mercenaries.”

December 9, 2012 § 2 Comments

Not by me. Despite your carefully worded non-denial of a charge not made, you imply that you and Russ are ‘intellectuals’.  Nuh-huh, you gave that up long ago when you decided to be advocate for the Koch’s. Intellectuals wouldn’t engage in:

Woolly Thinking:

In the case of Pot v Kettle, we’ll take it as stipulated the plaintiff is completely clueless about his lack of self awareness.

Boudreaux makes up a theory because he dislikes the reality. If only there existed an information appliance to research checkable facts…
D’Ja ever notice Krugman uses current numbers and current events on current models to talk about current policies, and Austrian economics is always an ancient history lesson?

Lying about someones else’s position:

Donald J. Boudreaux, if you’re going to tell a lie, don’t tell such an easily checked one.

Word Games

Russ Roberts redefines austerity to mean cutting all government spending when it ‘refers to a policy of deficit-cutting by lowering spending via a reduction in the amount of benefits and public services provided’

Misdirection:
Cheap plastic cr*p from China isn’t the import raising American’s cost of living, oil is. Don Boudreaux is a paid shill of the Koch brothers, who are, surprise surpise, in the oil speculation business. The more you know… (in comments if it lasts)

Oversimplification:

Boudreaux goes full tard and puts up a quote “…Let us not forget, however, that Roosevelt’s policies converted the crisis into a decade-long full-blown depression.” that he knows is misleading.
As always, it’s the state and only the state ever that “wrings all freedom and civility out of society.”

To Boudreaux, ‘government’ is a sealed black box device with a single button on it: Oppress.

Tragic simpleton Boudreaux: “But trade’s only purpose is to make consumers’ better off.” People are more than just consumers, aspie.
Boudreaux comically lectures a teenager about the ‘real world’, that one in which individuals never ever ever collude. b
Boudreaux: “…although abstinence does boast a solid track record of preventing unwanted pregnancies.)” Holding your breath prevents breathing. We’ve already established neither can be kept up long enough to be effective.

Logical Fallacies:
Some links. One not to be missed one tries to absolve deregulation and blame the government by the tired no true Scotsman fallacy. Also links to George Will for the 7,896th time.

Feigned Ignorance:
Boudreaux excretes another “it’s all so confusing so don’t do anything so leave the rich aloooone!” few hundred words in sequence.

“Being against government help is not the same as being against any kind of help. Why is this so hard for people to understand?” Because even the lowliest citizen is always a citizen. OTOH, your ‘religious community’ expels or kills anyone it doesn’t like. (Hint: Palestinians)

Boudreaux muses how the economy is too chaotic and complex to be understood, but has no problem shoehorning the rest of human experience into a monodimensional liberty uber alles moral code.

Boudreaux pretends 1/16th of a circle is a circle and always comes back to the beginning, or, why trade deficits spent on arab oil is good for you

Actual Ignorance:

Don, there is no such thing as a ‘senior creditor’. Did you mean perfected?

Boudreaux tries to claim capitalism=science (again). Didn’t the Russians have science? Was Archimedes a capitalist?

Not checking your sources:

Google catches GMU Mercatus Koch Bros shill Garret Jones just making up lies about Paul Krugman. Boudreaux of course links uncritically.

Boudreaux ejaculates another LTTE, miffed that a book reviewer “…reports Strand’s speculation as if it were reasonable.” ONE DAY after posting a link to Garret Jones’ “superb” review. (Jones tells easily checked lie in it).

and Partisanship:

A very enjoyable Econtalk with an insider expert on TARP. I especially enjoyed where Barofsky keeps telling RR what he doesn’t want to hear and RR keeps trying to steer it back to ‘gov’t bad, free market good’ all the time.

See the difference?

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§ 2 Responses to “2012 was for Russ and me filled (as recent years have been) with accusations that we write what we write, say what we say, teach what we teach, and blog what we blog only because we’re intellectual mercenaries.”

  • invisible hand says:

    Comrade, liberty is a tough thing to comprehend, especially for those inclined to impose their will on others by force. Krugman is a master of many of these same techniques himself. By the way, I’m envious of the way you misinterpret and mischaracterize many of the artcles you cite. I wish I had the talent.

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