I shall now speak in defense of my profession. Like all academic papers, this one is going to be long, but bear with me. Think of it as assigned reading. What moved me to to do this was a gratuitous shot taken . . .
You know, I try to have some love for all my brethren in the social sciences, but sometimes the economists make it so difficult.
Today the Daily Beast ran a piece asking the agonizing question: “The Price of College Has Increased 1120 Percent Since 1978, So Is It Worth It?” The answer is: it depends. I usually write about foreign policy, but I’ve been teaching undergraduates . . .
A Mr. Hal O’Brien took the time to post a note on my article on “The Death of Expertise,” and asked me to come by his website to take a look at it. I did. I know nothing about Mr. O’Brien, although . . .