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Forum (Starting) Today on WSJ.com: A New Take on the New Deal

February 7, 2007

Tags U.S. EconomyU.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

If you subscribe to wsj.com, they are starting a new forum today, kicked off by Brad DeLong and Arnold Kling (of the Cato Institute). After a tit-for-tat in which these big boys seem mostly to agree, participation is invited from readers as to what they think of the New Deal.

The participation seems remarkably well informed on the superficial details of the Depression (as well as Timberlake's Great Contraction of 1929-33), but as to conclusions, the participation seems amazingly left. Either the Wall Street Journal's readership just isn't as "conservative" (anti-government) as I thought, or my long affiliation with the Mises Institute has drawn me far to the right of the rightists.

Not only is all this interesting, but it affords us (here) the opportunity to talk to an influential and informed portion of what I'll call the "Great Unwashed."

I've already done so once, and will do so some more, but I haven't spotted any overtly Austrian input to this forum, so naturally I'd welcome some company from anyone here so inclined.

The announcement is on the front page of Wednesday's print edition, but all you have to do is click here.

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