Even though this post (I won’t tell you how I stumbled across it) is about how deregulation caused a change for the worse, as soon as I saw this, I knew this dude had to be a libertarian:
For an economist, the most fascinating aspect of Pan Am is the highly attractive flight attendants — or rather, stewardesses, since the show is set in the early 1960s. If you’re young enough, you might think that’s just TV. But I’m just old enough to remember flying in the 1970s, and I recall stewardesses who really were, in fact, hot. Okay, I was too young to understand the concept of “hot” — but I was definitely aware that I was being attended by some very pretty young women.
Not so anymore. Flight attendants aren’t necessarily unattractive now, but they’re no more fetching than people in any other service profession that doesn’t get tips. And what’s changed? In a word, deregulation.
Let’s skip the obvious things — Pan Am is a freaking tv show (you could could have the same thought experiment about Taco Bell employees), the guy’s actually basing an economic theory on a 40 year-old recollection of “very pretty young women”. Why the fuck are libertarians so blind to their own sublimely clueless sexism?
Maybe I should be a little more half-full about this whole thing and be thankful that very few non-glibertarians speak this way.