Monday, February 2, 2009

How Does This Work?

Asks the good Dave Noon, "Why oh why does anyone take Amity Shlaes seriously?" Actual historian Eric Rauchway explains that taking the country off the gold standard actually was a good idea.

I wish I had a better understanding of how it is that one gets regarded as a Person Who Should Write Op-Eds by the People Who Let You Write Op-Eds. I guess it's not a problem if your book is considered "plausible history, if not authoritative, novel or deeply analytical." Anyway, figuring out how to get people into that position would be a strategically useful piece of knowledge.

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