No, don’t expect an attempt at adjudicating the quarrel between Henry Farrell (Crooked Timber) and Jason Brennan (BHL) over public choice here. Not my lane. Just wanted to draw attention to the overall trajectory of the “debate.”
May 5: Henry Farrell writes a post at Crooked Timber critiquing Public Choice theory. There’s a discussion there. It goes on for 89 comments.
May 12: Farrell writes a follow-up post on the same subject at Crooked Timber. More discussion. By May 14, we’re about twenty-some comments deep into the discussion.
May 14: Clearly pissed at Farrell’s “silliness,” Jason Brennan decides to write a rebuttal of sorts to Farrell at BHL. Discussion commences at BHL, taking this form:
In other words, no discussion commences. Because why blog if you’re going to solicit comments and discuss anything? Monologue as monoblog.
Later on May 14: Discussion continues at Crooked Timber, minus reference to Brennan’s post. If Brennan can ignore his would-be interlocutors in other contexts, I suppose it’s poetic justice that he, too, can be ignored.
May 17: Someone explicitly mentions Brennan’s response to Farrell in the Crooked Timber discussion itself. Whereupon…
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A coincidence, I’m sure.
Jason Brennan is famous for dividing the political world into Vulcans, Hobbits, and Hooligans. Final exam question: how do we classify the preceding? Is it primarily the work of Vulcans, of Hobbits, or of Hooligans? Discuss.