Saturday, June 18, 2011

Dear EPS Bloggers

If you would please point me to (at least, but hopefully more than) one post on your blog that doesn't ultimately defend conservative views about free markets and the role of government with respect to free markets[1], I'd greatly appreciate it.[2]

Sincerely,
EA

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[1] that is, when the topic is economics, and not, say, philosophical theology.
[2] A slew of recent posts at EPS have been based exclusively on interviews of members of economic libertarian (think Ayn Rand) think tanks -- mainly the Acton Institute and the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. To get some of the flavor of these organizations, here's some pertinent information:

Re: The Acton Institute: "The Acton Institute's staff includes dominion theologian Calvin Beisner as an adjunct scholar. It melds [economic] libertarianism with Christianity, embracing both free markets and a Biblically-based view of environmentalism , and challenges the scientific consensus on global warming. It has received funding from right-wing groups such as the Scaife Family Foundation, the John M. Olin Foundation and the DeVos family,and $215,000 from ExxonMobil (through to 2007)." In addition, "It has played a major role in the revival of natural law in Protestant circles, funding both Protestants and Catholics to write books defending the concept, and sponsoring seminars on the concept in many Protestant schools." (link)

Re: Atlas Economic Research Foundation: "...also known as the Atlas Network, is a non-profit organization based in the United States which organizes and convenes workshops, offers training, runs prize programs, and provides advisory services in order to continue growing and strengthening an informal network of more than 400 free market think tanks in 84 different countries." Also, "The mission of Atlas, according to John Blundell (president from 1987 to 1990), "is to litter the world with free-market think-tanks." (link)

I trust that the EPS bloggers aren't getting monetary compensation for the recent spate of Randian tripe. For of course if they are, then they're flat-out shilling.

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