Socialists at heart

Coming from the area of the social sciences that had made its name on its one key insight, that individual private-sector decision-making is the key to wealth, growth, employment and prosperity, but now to find that virtually the entire profession believes that wealth, growth, employment and prosperity are driven by demand, and particularly government spending, none of this comes as a surprise: According to a survey of members of the American Political Science Association, Donald Trump is the worst president in American history. Meanwhile his predecessor – a man of no known accomplishments (or at least good ones) – is ranked eighth. It’s a clown’s world out there.

This is discussed at Powerline: Is Trump the worst president ever? The final words:

Academia has pretty much abandoned America, and vice versa. There simply is no credibility left in soft fields like “political science.”

As for the economists of the world, I imagine you would get the same ranking in an American Economics Association survey, although they might make Herbert Hoover even lower since he was also a Republican. FDR would, however, rank first even though he prolonged the Great Depression in the US by around eight years. Everyone else was in recovery by 1932-33. In the US it took until around 1940-41. They are all socialists at heart, which is where the social sciences now largely are.

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9 Responses to Socialists at heart

  1. Roger

    Their greatest, predictably, was Lincoln, who effectively declared a civil war when he ordered a blockade of southern ports and raised an army, usurping powers held by Congress…who suspended habeus corpus and tried civilians before military courts…who established the first domestic intelligence agency to spy on Americans and who accrued more power to the Federal government than any president before him effectively creating the swamp that is Washington.

    Tells us a lot about political scientists.

  2. Procrustes

    Warren G Harding was the best US President

  3. H B Bear

    Being an academic is now like being a Collingwood supporter. Not something you want brought up in polite company.

  4. Pyrmonter

    Nothing new. Commons and Ely were ‘progressive’, and Hayek noted the pecuniary attractions of social democracy for ‘economists’ in the foreword to the Road to Serfdom.

    Though the capture of ‘mainstream professionals ‘ by the Dems – once an area in which both parties competed, is curious. Worth noting it’s as much a matter of pushing and pullin.

  5. Tezza

    That’s a hell of a first sentence, Steve. I’ve re-read it a few times, and still can’t follow it.
    Still, I can’t disagree with the point of your comment!

  6. BorisG

    On google you can easily find surveys of past presidents based on public opinion polls (rather than academics). they are much more balanced.

  7. FDR would, however, rank first even though he prolonged the Great Depression in the US by around eight years. Everyone else was in recovery by 1932-33. In the US it took until around 1940-41.

    Complete horse manure, Steve. The recovery in the US was massive well before the war, including GDP growth figures of 10.8%, 8.9% and 12.0% in 1934 through 1936 respectively, with real GDP surpassing the 1929 peak by the end of 1936. The only blip came when FDR briefly gave in to the austerians who wanted him to balance the budget. Once they were proven horribly wrong, the New Deal boom resumed.

    This is one of those gargantuan foundational lies that you have to embrace to make the rest of your belief system work.

  8. Infidel Tiger

    Anyone who doesn’t have Woodrow Wiskon as the worst President knows shit.

  9. State is great

    I recall that Ludwig von Mises once called Milton Friedman a socialist, I believe, at one of the Mont Pelerin meetings. Look how far we have come!

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