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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/14688/pick-the-target-freeze-it-personalize-it-polarize-it/

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it

November 18, 2010 by

National Interest “senior editor” Jacob Heilbrunn gets out the clown makeup to paint Ron Paul as a whacko and Federal Reserve criticism as a PR ploy to stir up the sheep and goats, in the LA Times.

Don’t you just love how this game is played. No arguments are offered, hardly the smallest understanding of the topic at hand is even suggested. The whole “intellectual” argument is carried by the random pitching of smear labels, and other refuse from the kitchen garbage can.

This style of “argument” is a rising trend among “intellectuals”, sadly.

And just for the record — countering merely one of Heilbrunn’s unending arguments from “authority” — Irving Kristol confessed late in life that he’d actually never read Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom (despite having attacked the book repeatedly) — which makes it a bit embarrassing that Heilbrunn provides Kristol’s “expertise” on this topic as proof of the whacko character of the ideas Hayek is supposed to have passed on to the “cultist” Ron Paul.

{ 7 comments }

J.E.C. November 19, 2010 at 1:42 am

How is a Nobel Laureate an ‘obscure’ economist? Say what you will about the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences; it’s still a pretty solid way to determine, at a minimum, who certainly isn’t obscure.

Inquisitor November 19, 2010 at 6:26 am

“Most conservatives have had no patience for such views. Neoconservative godfather Irving Kristol declared in 2003 in the Weekly Standard that he felt “impatient with the Hayekian notion that we are on ‘the road to serfdom.’ Neocons do not feel that kind of alarm or anxiety about the growth of the state in the past century, seeing it as natural, indeed inevitable.”"

Which is revealing.

Also, I at first thought he said “once obscure” because perhaps before the Nobel Hayek was not too renowned (unknown to me if he was or not.) He seems to think Glenn Beck is the reason he isn’t…

Country Thinker November 19, 2010 at 10:58 am

Fed bashing is even louder overseas than here in the U.S. I’m guessing that Heilbrunn would call the German Finance Minister and the President-elect of Brazil “right wing wackos.”

Country Thinker November 19, 2010 at 11:44 am

Since anger at the Fed is even higher overseas than here, I’m guessing Heilbrunn would call the German Finance Minister and incoming Brazilian President “right wing wackos.”

Andrew fearnley November 20, 2010 at 2:50 am

“The whole “intellectual” argument is carried by the random pitching of smear labels, and other refuse from the kitchen garbage can”
This seems to be spreading to web, original content is provided by the few and the masses add nothing of any worth and republish in an attempt to gain popularity within the blogging world.

Ben Ranson November 21, 2010 at 7:52 pm

“(Ron Paul sees the Fed) as working against American self-reliance and the free market…, destroying economic growth (and leading to)… the rise of socialism and… to tyranny a la Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.”

“The most extreme Fed bashing… depicts the central bank as an instrument of a despotic elite that controls world events for its own ends. (Various historic personalities unrelated to Mr. Paul) charged that President Woodrow Wilson and his aide ‘Colonel’ House conspired with Jewish financiers to establish the central bank in 1913… Today, Paul echoes such thinking in his call to end the Fed’s ‘secretive cartel.’”

The vague accusations of antisemitism are particularly offensive. They are also puzzling, since, by Mr. Heilbrunn’s own admission, Mr. Paul is especially opposed to the dictatorial form of government and is working, as he sees fit, to prevent the establishment of such.

newson March 4, 2011 at 6:48 pm

…and conflicted to boot, as heilbrunn himself doesn’t shy away from ethnicity in analyzing gulf war II in they knew they were right: the rise of the neo-cons.

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