Econbrowser reader Manfred, in responding to my critique of the late Mr. Limbaugh’s use (or non-use) of statistics, writes of me:
…you had access to schools that many others in the US do not…
What could this remark mean? I have asked Manfred repeatedly what this statement means, to no avail: , . Does he mean that since I had the benefit of a higher education, then it’s unfair of me to ask those debating public policy to have an understanding of what a mean, a standard deviation, and a standard error are? Without further explanation, I’m forced to conclude that somehow tagged in Manfred’s mind as a privileged elite, I should know my place.
In support of my argument, let me note this cri de coeur :
Phillip Swagel has a PhD in Economics from Harvard and an undergrad degree in Econ from Princeton.
Who knows, maybe this is not enough, for the august commentators in Econbrowser.
On the other hand, he is a garden variety white man, so, don’t know if he qualifies.
Because apparently, in this blog, that now matters.
“Caudillos are quite seductive for the strongly disaffected…”
Oh yeah, AOC, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Andrew Cuomo, Emperor De Blasio, great caudillos, who lead their people brilliantly.
So, beware of critiques of “the other” masquerading as critiques of elites.