Saturday, September 02, 2006

The Insane Troll Logic of Barbara Ehrenreich

WARNING: This post is an angry rant, and probably won't contribute to your business success.

Originally posted as a comment on the formidable Jackie Danicki's blog.

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People like Barbara Ehrenreich drive me nuts. I've been meaning to tear her a new one for her insane troll logic in this article:
http://www.slate.com/id/2144517/entry/2144614/

In it, she argues that replacing low-wage Best Buy jobs with high-wage Stereo Exchange jobs wouldn't hurt the workers, because "Why wouldn't the former Best Buy workers take a lot of these new and better jobs? They're not all as clueless as you seem to think."

BECAUSE THERE WOULDN'T BE AS MANY JOBS, BARBARA YOU IGNORANT SLUT!

All joking aside, I'm horrified that someone as intellectually influential as Ehrenreich seems to lack any basic understanding of elementary economics.

It boils my blood to hear people try to ban "demeaning" jobs that people VOLUNTARILY take. We're not talking about slavery or indentured servitude here.

It's called comparative advantage people. Maybe you heard about it in your Economics class? Or do you believe that there are enough muckraking journalist jobs for everyone in the US?

These people have what I call a Dungeons & Dragons mentality--they think that the world is run based on rules, and that if you change one input into a situation, all the other ones stay constant.

"If wages are too low, raise the minimum wage."

By this imbecilic line of reasoning, why not just print an extra $10,000,000 for every man, woman, and child on the planet? Then we'd all be rich.

Morons.

3 comments:

Rebe said...

Shocking. There is no need to be disrespectful even if the guy does not agree in the slightest with her. I can't believe my eyes... That guy should be banned from the blogosphere.

Diane said...

She might be ignorant, she might just be wrong - but what does sluttishness have to do with it?

Chris said...

Jeez people, "ignorant slut" is a reference to the classic Saturday Night Live bit with Dan Ackroyd and Jane Curtin.

In it, they lob insults at each other during a television news debate, with Ackroyd's famous line being, "Jane, you ignorant slut."

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Saturday_Night_Live

Barbara Ehrenreich is ignorant, but I had no intention of implying anything about her sexual practices. I was simply tipping my hat to a classic take on the absurdity of this kind of debate.