Monday, January 20, 2014

The No Homers Club

Well this is interesting.

On behalf of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, Brad DeLong has gleaned the internets for reaction to the subject of Mr. Brooks' latest, very silly column.

He has come up with the "fifteen contributions worth noting".

Here they are:

Paul Krugman: Why We Talk About the One Percent: “Many people in Washington, even those willing to concede that inequality has been rising rapidly, are uncomfortable talking about the famous 1 percent — perhaps because it sounds too populist, too much like an invitation to crowds with pitchforks. For a long time respectable discussion focused on the top 20 percent; today I see my colleague David Brooks talking about the top 5 percent. But framing the discussion in terms of some broader group is in this case deeply misleading…”
And fifteen contributions worth noting:
  1. Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez: Income Inequality in the United States
  2. Dean Baker: David Brooks’ Primitive Defense of the Rich
  3. Arindrajit Dube: Minimum Wages and the Distribution of Family Incomes
  4. Josh Barro: We Need A New Supply Side Economics
  5. Matthew Yglesias: David Brooks’ made-up consensus to help the poor
  6. David Cay Johnston: Willful Blindness Worsens Inequality
  7. Josh Barro: David Brooks Is Wrong About Inequality
  8. M.S.: Those crazy class-conscious leftists
  9. Harold James: The policy response to the financial crisis is fueling income and wage inequality worldwide
  10. Josh Barro: David Brooks Is Wrong About Inequality
  11. Robert Kuttner: David Brooks’s Worst Column Ever
  12. CBO: Trends in the Distribution of Household Income Between 1979 and 2007
  13. John Schmitt and Janelle Jones: Low-wage Workers Are Older and Better Educated than Ever
  14. Shawn Fremstad: Robert Samuelson Blames “Failure” of War on Poverty on Women’s and Latino’s Insufficient Focus on Self-Improvement
  15. David Brooks: The Inequality Problem
After checking the addresses of these publications, I think a fairer description would be that these are the are "fifteen contributions worth noting from organizations in New York, D.C. and Berkeley".

But since nothing exists in the vast, flyover wasteland between the Acela Corridor and the Golden State, I suppose I am just picking nits.


Yastreblyansky said...

It's up to us, Drifters. I've linked your great post at mine, a Shorter with brief extension, and linking that one right here.

the cheese eater said...

David Brooks’ Utter Ignorance About Inequality

Berkeley bitches!!

D. said...

Um, Nos. 7 and 10 appear to be the same article, and I know that's not the point you're making.

driftglass said...


No. But does provide a lovely underscore to the whole theme :-)

Anonymous said...

A theme that commenter Geese Howard has been advancing with his characteristic tact. :)

--Nonny Mouse

Anonymous said...

@Nonny Mouse

I'm right on this and ya'll can fucking blow me if you object.

/east coast asshole

Batocchio said...

I'm sympathetic, although it might help to consider that DeLong mostly reads econoblogs. (But TANJ, etc.)