Jonathan Chait

I've been led to Jonathan Chait, of whom I was blissfully unaware until today, by the hub-bub over Stephen Metcalf's Nozick piece. Chait seems to be very much a style-over-substance kind of guy, ready with a quick zinger even if it makes no sense:

"Of course, pitting Brooks against a Nobel prize winning economist (Krugman) in a debate over public policy is about as fair as making Krugman debate me about the University of Michigan football team."

Yes, because, you know, being a top economist who won the Nobel Prize gives one clear-headed insights into policy issues. That is why top economists always agree on those issues. Like Paul Krugman and, say, Milton Friedman.


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