In a post on "the lies and misrepresentation spread yesterday by left wing journalists Yasha Levine of Nation and Kate Zernike of the hyper-partisan New York Times", Greg writes that "she’s [Kate Zernike] a demonstrable ignoramus — and a highly bigoted one at that" and "She’s incompetent, yet intentionally deceptive and dishonest to boot." It didn't get truly classy until the comments "Levine & his co-author are trash writers for a hard left yellow journalism Internet rag with roots in most pathological anti-social elements in Russia." And what was that gem in response to? A commenter simply asked for an example of when they had lied! Then more of this: "intellectually incompetent ravings of these reeking sewer rats from the bowels of Russia and the Internet".
And anyone that knows Greg knows this is not a fluke. I really have to steeply discount people that get flustered by DeLong's occasional "shrillness" but can somehow react politely to this.
The biggest problem (for Greg, not me), is that his post offers no reason whatsoever to question the claim that Charles Koch got Hayek to come work for IHS by trying to convince him that America's safety net was strong enough that Hayek didn't have to worry about leaving Austria, which he liked precisely because of the social safety net that they had that was serving him so well in his time of need. Digging in like this only makes the claim look more credible to me. Could they have fabricated it? Perhaps. But the fact that Greg Ransom - a veritable Hayek encyclopedia - simply sputters nasty non-sequitors at it suggests to me he's got nothing.
I like Hayek. I'm pretty much uninterested in the Koch brothers. I like a social safety net. This isn't an argument that Hayek is a bad person. It's a notation that Hayek and Koch both recognize the value of these sorts of things when they let down their guard and think no one is listening.
[A reminder - I do lightly moderate comments for trolls. If Greg or anyone else comes on here and starts bad mouthing my regulars, I don't care what kind of substance is in the comments too - you will be deleted]