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When they finish wiping WW from the buildings, monuments and history books, they can get to work on FDR.

Used to be conservative held the monopoly on eating their children.

As long as the children don't start wiping off the names of current or recent donors from buildings, the admin won't be too worried.

Truth. Money talks.

"Revolution devours its children."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Mallet_du_Pan

#4. Refugees likely come from more culturally conservative cultures, which means they are probably not partying all night, doing drugs, and trashing the place.

Also refugees are probably sufficiently worried about being sent back to their home country that they aren't going to jeopardize their asylum status by any of the above, or skipping out on the rent etc.

Once they are in, they are in. They will never be sent back to their country of origin. That isn't how the refugee program works.

Refugees housing is paid for by the taxpayers. The resettlement agencies that the article talk about pretend to be charities but are actually government contractors who are paid to get the refugees settled in and sign the refugees up for taxpayer paid for benefits.

Landlords like tenants who rent is paid by the taxpayer since they can always go to the government to pay for back rent or damage.

Yuengling recently released a new version of the icecream that saw them through those dark times.

On productivity you should look at the BEA data on real net capital stock.
It is important that you look at the net stock because info tech has a
shorter life span than traditional capital spending. So every year
depreciation takes a larger share and we have to run harder & harder to stay even.

From 1950 to 1980 it averaged 3.3% real growth.
From 1980 to 2008 growth slowed to 2.5%.
Over the last five years the growth of real net capital stock per employee has been essentially zero.

I liked the line "Are we now inventing things to eliminate the need for inputs, where before we used to invent things that made inputs more valuable?"

But still, that is a US only formulation, and does not count machines in Guangdong. (Hoverboards made magically without any US manufacturing.)

Of course, Anne Kreuger, work her incredible career at the Wored Bank and the inventor of the term "rent seeking", is not recognized.

#4: first it was Kathy and 'Carol' Fata, then it was Tabarrok's jelly bean hooey, now its a news article which contains no serious piece of market research, just a mess of cherry-picked landlords pushing the reporter's line. Is this a new feature at Marginal Revolution: Cheesy Open Borders Sales Pitch du Semaine?

#3: Corey Robin is concisely described as a clueless and conceited opinion journalist with an academic post (because academic standards on the Arts and Sciences faculty of Brooklyn College are now so degenerate that being on the contributor list at The Nation is considered worthy of a tenured position). If you think I'm being unfair, read what Mark Lilla had to say about one of his more recent endeavours:

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2012/feb/23/reactionary-mind-exchange/

Why is this person held out week after week as a serious person in this forum? Is he the moderator's brother-in-law?

You are free to make like a tree.

#5

Rosa Luxemburg making such a list?! They must have had a lot of trouble to find women at all. Every economist with a vagina who was born before 1950 made the list.

Agree with above. Corey Robin is not a serious individual. His academic has not been received well. There are hundreds of articulate, intelligent, and reasonable liberal academics to link to...Not sure why this blog would continue to link to him

Are the moderators at all interested in why the President wants to bring a five-digit population of refugees to the United States rather than spend funds on improving sanitation in camps in Turkey? The refugee census in Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon is, per the UNHCR, around 3 million, though most are purportedly not in camps. What's the attraction of importing them to Nebraska rather than building better sewerage in the camps?

"a five-digit population of refugees" What? They've already each had one hand chopped off? Oh the humanity!

Well, you knew it would eventually happen, Sharia and all that.

I recall Peter Drucker having read Mises had a brilliant fenale student (but I think she left the profession, maybe due of marriage, or never left a mark proportion to her talent, something like that). I do not have the book with me, does anyone know who she was?

*having written

#7. I dont think this is as interesting as it seems.
If you look at the other pints on the graph where inputs per worker dropped, they are in 79-80, and in 1991. In other words recession years. All that's going on is that the economy was in recession in 2008 and experienced a slow recovery. Drops in input/worker are simply a feature of the economy being in recession.

3. Corey Robin thinks conservatives should be harassed and prevented from speaking and driven from campus. Anyone who listens to him is either an intolerant bigot or a fool.

Yes he is as close minded and intolerant as those he seeks to criticise.

In addition to his racial intolerance, which is well documented by many historians, here are some other black marks against Wilson. I've also added some things about his racism.

1. He invaded Cuba, Nicaragua, Mexico (approximately 11 times), Haiti and the Dominican Republic, helping establish the dictatorships that followed.
2. He aided the "Whites" in the Russian civil war, including sending troops to Russia. This started the Russian hatred of the US, and was a major cause of our 20th century difficulties with them.
3. He turned down Ho Chi Minh's appeal at Versailles for Vietnamese independence, siding with the French.
4. He was an outspoken white supremacist (while he was president of Princeton, no blacks were admitted). He tried to remove blacks from the federal government and segregated them from white employees. When southern black federal employees complained, he had them fired. For example, he segregated the Navy, which had been integrated. He did the same in the Postal Service and the Treasury Department. In his American history book, Wilson wrote of Reconstruction: “The white men were roused by a mere instinct of self preservation… until at last there had sprung into existence a great Ku Klux Klan, a veritable empire of the South, to protect the Southern country.”
5. He referred to immigrants as hyphenated Americans: "Any man who carries a hyphen about with him carries a dagger that he is ready to plunge into the vitals of this Republic." He established the Creel Commission, a propaganda office, which whipped up anti-German-American feeling.
6. He censored the mail, through his Postmaster General.
7. After WWI when Congress tried to abolish the Sedition and Espionage Acts as no longer necessary, Wilson vetoed the bill.
8. His attorney general, Palmer, wanted Wilson to pardon the ailing Eugene V. Debs, but Wilson refused. Debs was in jail (a 10 year sentence) for giving a speech criticizing the sedition acts and for saying WWI was caused by economic interests. He had also urged draft resistance. Harding freed Debs soon after he was elected.
9. Helen Keller called Wilson the biggest disappointment the world has ever known.

You omit from your list of charges his influence on the outcomes from Versailles.

Wilson was not responsible for French revanchism or Italy's opera bouffe imperialism.

Peter M. November 21, 2015 at 6:19 pm

1. He invaded Cuba, Nicaragua, Mexico (approximately 11 times), Haiti and the Dominican Republic, helping establish the dictatorships that followed.

Giving Haiti, in particular, one of the few good periods in its modern history. This is not a black mark.

2. He aided the “Whites” in the Russian civil war, including sending troops to Russia. This started the Russian hatred of the US, and was a major cause of our 20th century difficulties with them.

Yeah because the Communists were all pro-American before this. Started? Seriously - this is the line you are going with? The problem with Wilson's policy was that it was half-hearted. He should have sent two million soldiers to fight the Communists. Think of all the lives that would have been saved. His flaw was to be weak on the one issue that really mattered.

3. He turned down Ho Chi Minh’s appeal at Versailles for Vietnamese independence, siding with the French.

Not America's job to fight a major war with another world power because Ho Chi Minh wished to murder some kulaks and reduce the rest of the peasant population to serfdom. How precisely would Wilson have gone about this apart from asking nicely?

5. He referred to immigrants as hyphenated Americans: “Any man who carries a hyphen about with him carries a dagger that he is ready to plunge into the vitals of this Republic.”

As did Teddy Roosevelt. Neither of them was exactly wrong.

1. He invaded Cuba, Nicaragua, Mexico (approximately 11 times), Haiti and the Dominican Republic, helping establish the dictatorships that followed.

Rubbish. The American presences in Cuba after 1902 were brief and geographically circumscribed. The United States had a counter-insurgency force in Nicaragua for about nine years, after Wilson had died. American incursions into Mexico consisted of brief raiding parties undertaken while the country was in the midst of severe internal disorder. Nicaragua had had a period in its past (1867-94) where there was a certain legal order maintained and rotation of officials within a certain political claque. Cuba also had between 1902 and 1925 a certain degree of legal order and elite competition. However, none of these loci had any extended period of anything resembling democratic institutions prior to 1914. The various dictatorships which manifested themselves in Cuba after 1925 were not generated by anything Wilson did (and, please note, he was dead by that point). The first leg of a turn toward a more abusive authoritarianism in Haiti dates to 1941, more than 20 years after Wilson left office. Again, the Trujillo regime in the Dominican Republic ran its course from 1930 to 1961, beginning nearly a decade after Wilson left office and six years after American troops evacuated. As for Mexico, it was governed not by an autocrat but by a political machine from 1920 to 2000. The closest thing to an autocrat the country had was Plutarco Elias Calles, who dominated the country politically from 1924 to 1934. He was not an artifact of Wilson or Wilson's nemesis Pancho Villa. Nicaragua actually held competitive elections during the years the Marines were present. The patrimonial authoritarian regime established by the Somoza clan came later.

It takes a strange brew of ignorance and willfullness to attribute any of this to Woodrow Wilson.

Read up on tu quoque. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tu_quoque You should judge arguments, not the people who make them.

Ego quoque? I want to harass people and drive them off my campus? What a libelous accusation. People who have said a lot of stupid things on the internet, like Corey Robin, I don't read, but I've never tried to stop anyone from speaking or teaching. Is that distinction beyond you?

His arguments stink, so what's the point of your admonition?

I would include Esther Duflo, young as she is. The Bloomberg article fails to make the obvious point that, more than anyone, refugees know the value of a home.

Woodrow Wilson is the issue #BLM and German Monarchists can agree on!

5. Vera Smith's time will come.

"academic discussion of radical, private enterprise-oriented monetary ideas has become respectable again. Public discussion and political feasibility may follow in time. Vera Smith's scholarly review and judicious assessments of the experience and theory that bear on the issues of free banking and central banking should play a prominent role in the ongoing discussions."

http://www.econlib.org/library/LFBooks/SmithV/smvRCB0.html

#5
Anne O Krueger and Susan Rose Ackerman missing in this list.

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