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Friday, June 29, 2007

Wanna hear a grown man have a behavior?

Sure ya do.

Stroll on over to West Virginia Public Broadcasting's blog and check out Scott Finn's interview with Russell Sobel, author of Unleashing Capitalism: Why Prosperity Stops at the West Virginia Border and How To Fix It. When Finn brings up that someone could plausibly think that the book might have a political agenda, Sobel goes into a tizzy comparable to those of an ADHD 10 year old who has been told that he has to do his homework before riding his dirt bike. He also suggests that anyone who disagrees with his hard fact findings must be a Marxist or an idiot.

First, let me say that I agree with Sobel that the state's economic situation is indeed dire and there needs to be some dramatic overhauls to the way the folks in Chucktown conduct the state's business. However, coming from a social science background. let me tell you that anyone claiming to produced definitive, beyond-reproach research on the nature of human behavior on the individual or societal level is probably full of shit. This isn't just for Sobel and his hard-core supply-side homies. Same goes for some of my professors at Marshall and in England who occupied a chunk of the loony left (this especially goes out to the Marxist who thought I was a racist for agreeing with MLK instead X & Farrakhan. Sheesh.). People are not chemical compounds or waves of energy. There are no laws or absolutes, just pieces of a continuously evolving dialogue. If anyone tells you otherwise, smile politely and tell them you think that you left your coffee pot on and have to leave.

My guess is that ol' boy is used to sycophant grad students and softball questions from the like-minded folks at Decision Makers and doesn't quite know how to deal with those of a differing opinion in a civil manner (this is increasingly a trend on both sides of the isle). People do indeed need to read this book (my copy is on order) and need to start having a serious discussion on what this state needs to do to make it a slightly less crap-tastic place to work and do business. Sobel doesn't need to poison his own well by claiming the authority of an Ayatollah or flying off the handle in the face of opposition.

Serenity now, people. WV is counting on it.

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8 Comments:

Blogger muzeuterpe1 said...

Maybe he was just having an off day. Humans do that you know. ;)

Friday, June 29, 2007  
Blogger Chris James said...

I think he was behaivng exactly how I was the day that Model announced he was moving the Browns to Balitimore in 1995.

Friday, June 29, 2007  
Blogger JDB said...

He also suggests that anyone who disagrees with his hard fact findings must be a Marxist or an idiot.

Huh? He distinguishes between idiots and Marxists? :-p

Friday, June 29, 2007  
Blogger Chris James said...

There are many many many idiots who aren't Marxists. Just turn on your AM radio.

Saturday, June 30, 2007  
Blogger JDB said...

Yeah, but I bet they don't distinguish between idiots and Marxists.

Saturday, June 30, 2007  
Blogger Chris James said...

Yea, everyone to the left of them, including the likes of a Lindsay Graham and Chuck Hagel, are pinko Marxist traitors in their book.

Sunday, July 01, 2007  
Blogger Chris James said...

Come to think of it, JDB, he did sorta lump them together. :)

Sunday, July 01, 2007  
Blogger Chris James said...

There is a pretty good discussion going on over at Raging Red's blog on the topic. As noted there, he is probably a pretty nice guy who got blind-sided by real journalism instead of the softballs from WVMH.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007  

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