Thursday, June 21, 2012
So I am reading Francis Fukayama's new book on political order from prehistory to the french revolution, I know that he is a conservative and a quasi-reformed Neo-con and all and that's fine with me. I look at it as a form of intellectual history, which helps you understand how folks think. He lets neo-conservatism slip here are there, but I know it when I see it. All and all it is good to understand different ideologies and how people apply them to current events. This is very useful. Plus understanding different idea sets makes it easy to label Paul Ryan a Social Darwinist, because he plagiarizes so many riffs from the Old Line Darwinists.
Last night I learned something new that I would not have learned on my own. Namely I read that the Ottoman Empire was influenced by the Laffer Curve as it set tax policy. This set my bullshit detector off so I had to check this claim out. And sure enough, according to the internets, it turns out that the laffer curve is not an invention of Supply Side Economics. No it goes back much further than that to the days of the Islamic Caliphate (cue scary music):
I don't know much about Sharia Law, but when folks say that they are concerned about the encroachment of Sharia Law into America, they may be talking about the laffer curve and if they are, I agree with them. Those who practice Lafferism and promoting ideology based upon the Laffer Curve may need to be shipped to Guantanamo. As far as I know Art Laffer may be free and walking the streets of your home town at this very minute. Something seems wrong with that.
Posted by Howard S at 10:30 AM