I had taken Cafe Hayek off my Google Reader earlier this morning (this is actually the second time I've done that), after reading a Don Boudreaux post where he responds to Rush Limbaugh's diatribe against Sandra Fluke by arguing that while Limbaugh perhaps shouldn't have said that, Fluke was being "uncivilized".
Classy Don. You're a real gentleman. My own view is that when a professional young woman making an intelligent argument (even an argument you don't agree with) gets called a slut by a nationally syndicated bully, you should come to the defense of the professional young woman - not pile on. But then, that's just how I was raised to treat women.
Jonathan Catalan calls Boudreaux out on it too.
I was just going to take an "out of sight, out of mind" approach to the blog by removing it from my reader and just fade out of my radar. I feel like a lot of the nits I've picked with them lately have been over dumb stuff - it's been more of a waste of time. But it is a delicate balance. Don and Russ appeal to a very different audience from most libertarian blogs, and Russ's work on EconTalk (which I often do enjoy, actually) and with John Papola give these guys a big platform. So I've found it valuable in particular to push back against their mischaracterization of Keynesianism.
That sort of "public education" role of F&OST still won't stop, but for the time being at least I'm not following these two anymore. Commenters - let me know if anything substantive worth addressing comes up.
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4 hours ago