Saturday, March 28, 2020

Tyler Cowen. "The real contributions of Harvard, MIT and Stanford to the world are not the food-service workers they hire."

Henry Farrell responds
There is also the conservative case (from @SWGoldman
fair) that the actual function of Harvard etc is to inculcate appropriate values in elite. On the one hand, those values might include solidarity with ordinary people in hard times.
Farrell and Cowen.

The more things change...

Farrell and Cowen now have tags, along with Kieran Healy. That one is interesting.

I was thrown off Twitter for the same reason I was blocked by Crooked Timber. The difference between coronavirus denialism and other forms is only the number of layers you have to get through before you reach the hard level of faith. And the owners and managers of Twitter follow the model of enlightened seriousness originating in the church, followed by academia and now by professionalized journalism that mandates neutrality with exceptions as chosen by leadership.  I wasn't "collegial". On Twitter that means I replied directly rather than posting a screenshot for others to mock. And today the same idiot is retweeting claims that there is no ventilator shortage and hospitals are not beyond capacity.

The rise of science denialism is the backlash against decades of academic and political pseudoscience.

Nichols is the author of The Death of Expertise, published by Oxford.
I'd forgotten that Quiggin linked to a positive review.

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