A bunch of famous non-economists and obscure economists just wrote an open letter to Ben Bernanke to tell him ix nay on the antitative easing quay. I don’t have much of an opinion about this particular issue, but whenever I see a bunch of wingers cosigning something, I think of the Project for the New American Century. And whenever I think of PNAC, I think of the unabomber, Ted Kaczynski.
A few weeks ago, a friend of mine sent me an article about Ted Kaczynski. I liked the article but I thought its fundamental thesis — that Kaczynski became a terrorist because of weird stuff that happened to him in college — was misguided.
Ted Kacyznski lived in a cabin in Montana, wrote anti-industrial manifestos, and sent letter bombs to people. The PNAC signatories live in mcmansions in the suburbs of DC, write “pro-America” manifestos, and persuade the American military to bomb people. There’s not much difference — other than Kaczynski’s commitment to making the bombs himself — and I don’t see why Ted Kaczyinski’s teen years deserve any more scrutiny than Bill Kristol’s, Bill Bennett’s, and Francis Fukuyama’s do.
We live in a society where many people like to endorse murder and violence in the service of their own poorly thought-out philosophical principles. For some, it can be a lucrative career.