Thom Hartmann and Political Economic Ignorance

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An email acquaintance of mine named Tom, who wishes his last name to remain anonymous, wrote me as follows:

Walter, I recently came across an article by Thom Hartmann, with whom you did an interview some time ago.  Would you be willing to rebut it?  If not, could you refer me to some material that I could use to rebut it?

My response was this: Tom, thanks for drawing to my attention this publication of Thom Hartmann’s. I fully agree with you that it richly deserves a published refutation. But, I’m snowed under with other writing obligations, and won’t be able to get to this for a while, if ever. Yes, I do have a personal problem with Mr. Hartmann: when I was on his show, he kept interrupting me, wouldn’t allow me to hardly speak at all. I found that very frustrating. See here or here.

As to material that could be used to rebut this intellectually dishonest screed of Mr. Hartmann’s, I would recommend three books. They are:

Rothbard, Murray N. 1998 [1982] The Ethics of Liberty, New York: New York University Press.

Rothbard, Murray N. 1973. For a New Liberty, Macmillan, New York.

Hazlitt, Henry. 2008 [1946]. Economics in One Lesson. Auburn, AL: Mises Institute.

Since I will not likely write about this article of Hartmann’s—and, it calls out to the heavens for a refutation, many of them—I am passing on this horrid piece of journalism to you the readers of this post in the hope that one of you—no, more than one of you—will administer a stern rebuke to this economically and politically illiterate journalist.

3:52 pm on December 22, 2010