I don't notice him throwing rocks through his wife's windows
Posted by aogSunday, 03 December 2006 at 21:32 TrackBack Ping URL

Someone mentioned recently Orrin Judd’s penchant for the “broken windows” theory that destroying accumulated wealth is a boost for the economy. And lo, OJ writes another post in that vein. The essence is that RAND claims

If the trend continues, America’s energy mix by 2025 could be far greener and cleaner - without damaging the economy - than most analysts could have antici-pated a few years ago.

OK, that seems plausible. OJ comments in a complete non-sequitor

It’s a delightful irony that free marketeers assume technological stasis

That is, as OJ likes to say, a counterfactual, since no actual free marketer claims any such thing. In fact, they claim exactly the opposite, that it is a free market that has the least stasis (e.g., Virginia Postrel’s division of people in to ‘dynamists’ and ‘stasists’). One could also note that the RAND article contains two other contradictions to OJ’s theme —

  • The market is providing the technological improvements already, absent the government “breaking windows” to “encourage” things.
  • The technology doesn’t work now, so mandates at this moment would be counter productive over the time span discussed in the article.

Personally, beyond just yanking people’s chains, I suspect that OJ starts with the premise that government intervention is good and then misinterprets evidence to suit that view.

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jefferson park Monday, 04 December 2006 at 09:19



Brit Monday, 04 December 2006 at 10:01

You’re tiptoeing up to an insight.™

David Cohen Monday, 04 December 2006 at 14:29

The extent to which OJ really is a leftist is just astonishing.

Jeff Guinn Monday, 04 December 2006 at 18:52

You talk about “yanking chains” as if there is something wrong with it.


No it isn’t. He’s a totalitarian at heart, and the natural place for a totalitarian is on the left.

joe shropshire Wednesday, 06 December 2006 at 14:32

He’s just a kid at heart — a Ritalin kid, that is. He’s bored, so he wants the government to go break stuff. Unfortunately the stuff he wants broken is our stuff, instead of other peoples’ stuff.

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