Note to My Angry Liberal Interlocutors

By Megan McArdle

Before you pop off at me, would you please try to read all the words in the post?  In order?

I say this because in the past few weeks, I've had a notable uptick of incidents where someone berates me by saying, "Well how come you don't think we need to help mentally ill people who have jobs!" or "You're completely ignoring the possibility that once a company gets a monopoly, they will jack up prices!", when I have spent a paragraph or so discussing exactly the problem that they are angrily demanding that I address . . . or rather, angrily declaring that my failure to understand this point is evidence of my total hypocrisy/ideological blindness/hatred of the unfortunate.

I have many flaws.  There is no need to go fabricating imaginary ones.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2010/02/note-to-my-angry-liberal-interlocutors/35387/