Jun 20th, 2006 by ravi
Von Hoffman on Larry Summers

Von Hoffman gives it to Larry Summers, in the New York Observer. I quote the juicy bit, but read the rest at the link for a pretty decent analysis of Summers' nonsense:

NYU Stern: NYO: Beyond the Gender Issue, What’s the Deal at Harvard?

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So does this pointless blather make Larry Summers an idiot? No, it makes him an economist, which is not quite the same thing. Mr. Summers, of course, has won himself a reputation as a barbarian—that is, one who is both ignorant of and incapable of enjoying what the humanities have to offer—but he is a smart barbarian, and a thoughtful one. Although a lot of people are furious with him, we are not looking at a bad man, only a wild man, backed to the hilt by powerful interests—a man who should be listened to, if only for our own self-protection.

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