NYC Junto Podcast – Donald J. Boudreaux: “Half-Wits and Hypocrites: 2013-2014” Dec. 2014

December 15, 2014

December 4, 2014 – Donald J. Boudreaux
Half-Wits and Hypocrites: 2013-2014
He’s senior fellow Mercatus Center, and professor
economics George Mason University chair, study of
free market capitalism, Mercatus Center.
His most recent book is “Hypocrites & Half-Wits: A Daily
Dose of Sanity from Cafe Hayek” www.tiny.cc/Sanity

 

 

Excerpt from Gene Epstein’s Barron’s review: “Is it possible
to write an insightful book on economics and be funny in the
process? …[this book] proves it’s quite possible….this delightful
collection of letters to editors that take aim at the hypocrisy and
half-wittedness rife in media pronouncements on the dismal
science, Boudreaux follows in the footsteps of Frederic Bastiat,
the great 19th-century French economist who also used humor
and satire to puncture commonly held myths.

[He] writes to economist Peter Morici about his view that
Hurricane Irene would lead to positive outcomes. As Morici
explained, due to the rebuilding, “the capital stock that emerges
will prove more economically useful and productive.” This
inspires Boudreaux to offer to come over and destroy Morici’s
house and car, since newer versions will surely be “more
economically useful and productive.”

Boudreaux blogs daily at: www.CafeHayek.com.
Watch him on Stossel talking to students about economics:
www.tiny.cc/econStossel

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