The Art of Conservative Persuasion, Don Boudreaux Edition:
Okay, so what I’m about to do is a bit unfair to protectionists; indeed, it is pure consumption for me: I’m going to poke fun at Warren Platts (once a frequent protectionist commenter here at Cafe Hayek and still a commenter at EconLog). The reason that what I’m going to do here is unfair to protectionists is that, although even the most-able protectionist is armed intellectually only with the equivalent of a nerf gun, these nerf-gun-toting protectionists possess far more fire power than Mr. Platts brings to the battle between protectionists and free traders.
Still, I confess to having no patience with persistent protectionists such as Mr. Platts. It’s not a crime to be ignorant and misinformed, but it’s vile to cling stubbornly to one’s ignorance and misinformation in order to justify state predation against innocent people – which is what protectionism is. And so I here gleefully expose a true howler – one that must be read to be believed – that Mr. Platts deposited on this recent EconLog post by Pierre Lemieux.
Gee, I wonder why Platts doesn’t post at cafehayek anymore! As they say, read the whole thing (for the details of Platts’ “clueless nitwittery”) . . .
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Boudreaux and his ilk have been consistently unbalanced in more or less the same way for a while. But if you were tostate, verbatim, what mainstream Democrats like Bill Clinton or Dianne Feinstein were saying about immigration or crime in the 1990s, or even what far-left leaders such as Cesar Chavez were saying in the 1980s, folks at Angry Bear would call you racist.
Ironically, Angry Bear wasn’t always an echo chamber. As an example, consider the following guest post written 12 years ago by a regular reader and occasional poster, Old Vet (since passed away, alas): http://angrybearblog.com/2007/11/old-vet-on-passion-of-immigration.html
In this short roller coaster of a post, Old Vet not only explains the lay of the land in 2007 from what was then the middle of the road Democrat position, he goes a long way toward explaining how the 2016 elections turned out and the conundrum facing voters in 2020.
Old Vet’s post is so different than some of yours.