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Don't Dis Crony Capitalism, Sniffs Bruce Bartlett


Bruce Bartlett, who's almost twice my age, and apparently had some sort of "important" job back when I was in grade school, says I'm "living in the past" for talking about the transcontinental railroad:

Wow. This is a guy who calls himself a historian. I guess that fact that Obama and other pols still invoke the railroads as a justification for modern infrastructure projects escapes Bartlett. Or perhaps he's just mad that someone would point out that it's a bad thing to steal from the taxpayers and give to politically-well-connected corporations.

Or he may just be still on his anti-Mises Institute/anti Lew Rockwell crusade, which recently included his nutty about Peter Klein's article on budget default.

Also, Bruce, don't look now, but there's a whole teevee show about the transcontinental railroad on AMC right now called Hell on Wheels, It's actually quite popular, and a fourth season is likely. And even though a popular television show would never, ever have any effect on modern ideologies or modern politics, I'm going to review it for Mises Daily. I look forward to reading your tweets about it.

Ryan McMaken (@ryanmcmaken) is the editor of Mises Wire and The Austrian. Send him your article submissions, but read article guidelines first. Ryan has degrees in economics and political science from the University of Colorado, and was the economist for the Colorado Division of Housing from 2009 to 2014. He is the author of Commie Cowboys: The Bourgeoisie and the Nation-State in the Western Genre.

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