In general, I try to assume that when someone does something professionally, they have some passing familiarity with the subject. This prevents me from looking like an utter fool when I triumphantly catch, say, a science journalist in some "error" that turns out to be my own misunderstanding.

In fact, I have caught professional economists and journalists in errors, sometimes embarassing ones; and in turn, I have been caught in a few bloopers of my own. But the flood of silliness in my comments from people who do not know what they are talking about, and do not know that they do not know, has to stop.

For the record, I have read the Austrian works to which I am being referred. The thing is, I have also read some other books about economics. This is clearly not true of the commenters who make basic errors such as calling me a Keynesian, thereby demonstrating that they have no idea who John Maynard Keynes was, or what he said. Approximately the only thing that Baron Keynes and I agree upon is that in the long run, we will all be dead. And not very long, if I keep having to respond to such silliness.

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