I've deleted the Landsburg/Fluke post that Noah Smith got up in arms about. Why? Because after a conversation with Noah over email, rather than showing any interest in acknowledging that I was making the same point that he was (that "thinking like an economist" is no excuse for offensive attacks) he wants to continue to insist that I was actually defending a position that I said was vile from the beginning.
The link doesn't need to stand as fodder for people who would rather invent enemies than show common support for Sandra Fluke and a progressive, functional health care system in this country.
I did say (and I'll continue to suggest) that Steve Landsburg is probably in a somewhat different class than Rush Limbaugh. That's not a defense of Steve Landsburg. It's simply pointing out that he approached this from a different angle. My whole point in differentiating the two was to highlight that the Landsburg post was an example "thinking like an economist", recklessly applied.
There is a place for this sort of detached way of approaching things that we call "thinking like an economist" - it can be used very effectively - but that appropriate application was not exhibited by Landsburg.
In the future, if you're wondering what I think about something, just ask me.
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