Claims about me

by on July 3, 2013 at 5:08 pm in Books, Science | Permalink

Tyler Cowan [sic] wishes he could be teleported to Kansas or Korea or the moon to live in a Gucci-free egalitopia.

That is from George Gilder’s new Knowledge and Power: The Information Theory of Capitalism and How it is Revolutionizing Our World. reviewed by Arnold Kling here.

Now that is a claim I would be willing to bet on.

1 jeff July 3, 2013 at 5:16 pm

So he really spelled your name wrong in the book?

2 Mark Thorson July 3, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Perhaps delibrately.

3 beamish July 3, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Do you have any interesting opinions about Gucci?

4 Tyler Cowen July 3, 2013 at 5:48 pm

We’ve got to get rid of it. No room for it on the moon.

5 Handle July 3, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Now this is the kind of vitriolic exterminationist rhetoric I read the MR comments for! Bravo.

6 liberalarts July 3, 2013 at 8:37 pm

I grew up in Kansas. They sell Gucci there. Or, possibly just Gucci knock-offs.

7 Fallibilist July 4, 2013 at 9:57 am

I think he’s got you mixed up with Robin Hanson?

8 Yancey Ward July 3, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Which side of the bet?

9 Joe Smith July 3, 2013 at 5:59 pm

If your dream is to live in Kansas or Korea all you have to do is click your heels three times – and call your travel agent.

10 Anon. July 3, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Travel agents still exist?

11 Ted Craig July 3, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Yes. You need to get out more.

12 Marisa Gunther July 4, 2013 at 12:48 pm


13 Adrian Ratnapala July 4, 2013 at 4:44 am

Yes. Recently I even became the boss of a Travel agency. Some people I know have even booked flights through there. But I didn’t – they were closed, so I had to book online.

14 Chad R July 3, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Who’s up for making a @TylerCowan twitter account? I’m thinking nothing but anti-Gucci, pro-Kansas propaganda and in-depth reviews of local McDonalds locations for tweets.

15 John S July 3, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Korea Gucci-free? Yes, but only b/c it’s been washed away by the tidal wave of Prada and Louis Vutton.

16 CD July 3, 2013 at 7:04 pm
17 Auto Icon July 3, 2013 at 7:12 pm

There is a LOT of Gucci in Korea-both genuine and fake.
Of Korea,Kansas and Moon,food is a none-of-the above.
Try Chengdu,instead!

18 Sunset Shazz July 3, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I agree with CD and Brad DeLong – this guy is a real crank, not sure why he is taken seriously by people like Kling, who should know better. Any of his former subscribers know the problems with taking his analysis seriously.

19 Bill July 3, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Since he misspelled your name, he obviously has the wrong person.

20 YetAnotherTom July 3, 2013 at 8:52 pm

I assumed Tyler had beef with famous rapper Gucci Mane, who wouldn’t be caught dead in Kansas.

21 TuringTest July 3, 2013 at 10:14 pm

What’s wrong with Gucci? Oh, I forgot, Tyler likes Dockers …

22 Eric H July 3, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Gucci and Dockers compete?

23 Axa July 4, 2013 at 8:15 am

No, Gucci does not make XXX-L sizes.

24 Eric H July 3, 2013 at 10:23 pm

“… teleported to Kansas or Korea or the moon to live in …”

Meaning that all other reasons for wanting to be teleported to any other place would be inframarginal?

25 John Sager July 3, 2013 at 11:12 pm

I’ve lived in Kansas and Korea. Pick Korea.

26 CBBB July 4, 2013 at 2:57 am


But the Korean women love Gucci

27 AQ July 4, 2013 at 5:43 am

He’d only be content on the moon if it had tacky-decor restaurants in soulless suburban strip malls.

28 CBBB July 4, 2013 at 7:42 am

Well to be fair the term “Lunar” could be used to describe Tyler Cowen’s preferred locales – I believe he once praised Brasillia on this blog, and yeah not to mention his penchant for stripmalls.

29 x July 4, 2013 at 7:39 am

A… “Gucci-free” “egalitopia”?

What are you all smoking?

30 Honza July 4, 2013 at 7:46 am

Are you sure there isn’t a guy named Tyler Cowan?

31 happyjuggler0 July 4, 2013 at 4:20 pm

The real Tyler Cowan:

32 Asad Jaleel July 4, 2013 at 9:13 am

Why did he say “teleport?” Kansas and Korea are easily accessible without teleporting. Admittedly, it’s harder to get to the moon. But you only need 1960s technology, not technology that hasn’t been invented. Is he saying you’re so impatient that you couldn’t tolerate the length of a flight to Kansas? Or maybe since it’s a “wish” he figures you can ask for anything? But if you could wish for ANYTHING, wouldn’t you wish for the whole world to become an “egalitopia?”

33 Seth July 4, 2013 at 9:38 am

I’ve lost more money following Gilder’s investment advice than I have following Cowen’s.

34 Kenneth W. Regan July 4, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Here is Egalitopia:
Everyone can deliver checkmate with Bishop+Knight in Egalitopia.

35 Kenneth W. Regan July 4, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Staircase wit: that was “E-Gal” -itopia.

There should be an updated term for this using Latin or Greek for “post-clicking-send”, in place of the 18th-Century French staircase.

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