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Open invitation to Brian Leiter to attend a conference on Venezuela

Rudy

199 day(s) ago

I will pay for the conference and everything just as long as Brian promises to attend and give a presentation. In beautiful downtown Caracas.

Mao

199 day(s) ago

Ah good ol' socialism. A tried and true economic system. Clearly preferable to inequality. And it just works so damn well. Governments are great at knowing just what people want and need. They generally work so efficiently and are blissfully free of corruption. And the lack of inequality is a great way to provide incentives for hard work and personal responsibility. Sign me up. I don't think I'll be able to attend the conference in person though. I'll Skype in if that's OK.

Hugh

199 day(s) ago

This Leiter-hate I don't get. He was enthusiastic in the early days when it looked like they were finally getting some representation for the poor majority: http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2004/08/hugo_chavezs_cr.html What is supposed to be shameful about that? I gather the blame for their economic problems is mismanagement--basically overspending--not the "socialist" bogeys of laziness and paternalism. As a comparison: China has price controls, socialized health care, etc., and tons of govt. oversight over all aspects of life, but their planning is better and their economy is booming. No?

Sebastian

199 day(s) ago

I will pay for the conference and everything just as long as Brian promises to attend and give a presentation. In beautiful downtown Caracas.

Bertrand

It looks like Karmakazy from the old metablog is back. Would have expected after he got outed there as some grad student on the Committee on Social Thought he would have given up.

Rodolphus

198 day(s) ago

I gather the blame for their economic problems is mismanagement--basically overspending

Hugh

Exactly, the problem is socialism.

Alexius

198 day(s) ago

Capitalist governments never mismanage!

Wang

198 day(s) ago

A capitalist government wouldn't be managing in the first place. Marxism takes up so much space in your head that you can't think any kind of politics that isn't "management". It's sad.

Gerhard

194 day(s) ago

Is Karmakazy the same as the Bertrand who runs this site?

Posidonius

194 day(s) ago

A capitalist government wouldn't be managing in the first place. Marxism takes up so much space in your head that you can't think any kind of politics that isn't "management". It's sad.

Wang

I don't follow you since by this reasoning literally no actual economy is capitalist.

Bertrand

194 day(s) ago

Is Karmakazy the same as the Bertrand who runs this site?

Gerhard

No. Turns out we had a duplicate "Bertrand" in the nickname database which got assigned to a random commenter.

Gustav

4 day(s) ago

This Leiter-hate I don't get. He was enthusiastic in the early days when it looked like they were finally getting some representation for the poor majority: http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2004/08/hugo_chavezs_cr.html What is supposed to be shameful about that? I gather the blame for their economic problems is mismanagement--basically overspending--not the "socialist" bogeys of laziness and paternalism. As a comparison: China has price controls, socialized health care, etc., and tons of govt. oversight over all aspects of life, but their planning is better and their economy is booming. No?

Hugh

You don't get it because, I assume, you're a serious scholar without an insecurity complex. Some people are so full of ressentiment that they cannot help but lash out as those they perceive as threats to their charades.



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