what would omar do?


 On Wednesday, I listed some notable books that orgheads might like, which included the democracy skeptical The Myth of the Rational Voter.  A few folks, strangely, asked “What Would Omar Do?” Since our good friend in South Bend hasn’t responded yet, here’s my answer to WWOD?

So, Omar, how am I doing? What would Fabio do? WWFD? 

Written by fabiorojas

December 14, 2007 at 4:53 pm

Posted in books, fabio

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  1. I think Bryan’s next book should be called “The Myth of the Rational Academic.” I’m drowning on a sea of papers to grade and deadlines for stuff that I committed to but probably shouldn’t have!!! (which is why I’ve been kind of AWOL lately).

    I have not read Bryan’s book (are there any cliffnotes?), but going from the various blurbs in regards to its main thesis, it looks like a recent piece of sociological research is consistent with Caplan’s argument: as Brooks and Manza (2006) show across different flavors of Western democratic political systems, political elites are clearly responsive to voters preferences in regards to welfare state spending. Of course, the interesting issue becomes whether it is licit to call the Swedes “irrational” because they prefer their lavish welfare state to whatever economists think is the “best” course (given the Survey that compares “their” attitudes and policy preferences to the rest). Ok, I change my mind, maybe Bryan’s next book should be called The Myth Of The Rational Economist, Or How You Can Have Your Irrational Economic Policiy Preferences And Eat Your Cake Too. Oh wait, that book’s been written!



    December 14, 2007 at 6:46 pm

  2. WTFWFD?



    December 15, 2007 at 1:16 am




    December 15, 2007 at 2:12 am

  4. ommfg, jus like sadam, we smoked omar out of his hidey-hole! now, could we put in a request for kieran to write longer posts about computers n shit?



    December 15, 2007 at 7:05 am

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