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March 07, 2009

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I thought that "romantics" were Rand's Bad Guys. In this view, Obama is being an "anti-Rand". What the world needs is to be run by True Believers like Greenspan. There's a danger that Obama will ruin the Randian paradise that Greenspan worked so hard to create. [/sarcasm]

"Bizarro World Randian romantics" can be parsed as "romantics who are followers of Bizarro Ayn Rand", so he didn't exactly call Obama a Randian.

We really are beset with too many maleducated ideologues to get out of this fix.

"It has to be the one and only time anyone will ever call Barack Obama a Randian."

Without reading context (yet), I'd say that "Bizarro World Randian" clearly means opposite of Randian.

That's what a Bizzaroism (originally, anyway, and in popular usage) and "Bizzaro World" means, after all.

Okay, and in context, he clearly means opposite of Randian.

Mind, I had to look up "saltative" to figure out what it meant. The evolutionary meaning, I derived.

But I was amused to see that "Saltation" also a book by my old friends Steve and Sharon. :-)

Wilkinson is sane? Wow. Then it wasn't really him making those commentaries that completely ignore reality on PRI's Marketplace?

Please, someone translate this in english.

Will Wilkinson must be one of these Kantian nihilist types.

For once, Hilzoy, I must say that I prefer Wilkinson's formulation to yours.
More poetic. It speaks more to the imagination.
If I were Barack, I think I would rather be qualified with Wilkinson's words than with yours.
Being right with the wrong words is...being wrong.
And I rather like the idea of Barack being qualified as a romantic.
We certainly need more of those these days...

And I rather like the idea of Barack being qualified as a romantic.
We certainly need more of those these days...

Pardon me, but we need *fewer* of those these days. It is a short step from Idealist to Ideologue. A romantic and an ideologue are two names for a very similar thing. An ideologue loves their theory about how the world should work more than the world itself; a romantic loves his love (i.e. himself) more than his beloved. We are choking on romanticism in its various forms. Less of that, p[ease.

Please, someone translate this in english.

"Hayek good. Keynes BAD!"

I'm not sure we all read Hilzoy's post past the first paragraph?

Is Wilkinson sane? Maybe, but it would be easier to tell if he wrote with the objective of making his thoughts clear.

A romantic and an ideologue are two names for a very similar thing. An ideologue loves their theory about how the world should work more than the world itself; a romantic loves his love (i.e. himself) more than his beloved. We are choking on romanticism in its various forms.

I'm fairly certain that this is not what romanticism is.

I'm fairly certain that this is not what romanticism is.

I'm fairly certain that this is one, non-academic, definition of a 'romantic'. ROMANTIC.

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