January 12, 2004

Why I Think Steve Antler Is an Idiot

Steve Antler asks:

Why is it so very important for Brad DeLong and his followers to believe their opponents are morons? Why is their first instinct in disagreement to question your intelligence?They're so big on planning, do they perhaps have some sort of long-term secret solution for dealing with the less-intelligent portion of the population?

Well, in the case of Steve Antler it is the simple result of seeking truth from facts. Let me give an example. I wrote:

The message of Luke 12:13-21* is not: "I, Jesus Christ, hate the estate tax, and wealthy people are extraordinarily valuable to society as a whole." The message of Luke 12:13-21 is: "Fools! You need treasure in heaven, not treasure on earth. So sell all you have, give the proceeds to the poor, and follow me."

Commenting on this, Steve Antler wrote:

...Brad DeLong, who interprets [Luke 12:13-21] as obviously favoring forced redistribution of wealth from rich to poor (via for example the inheritance tax), should probably stay away from exegesis whenever possible...

It seemed to me that classifying Steve Antler as a foolish idiot was more gentle than classifying him as a lying thug. I don't see a third option.

*Luke 12:13-21: And one out of the multitude said to him, "Master, bid my brother divide the inheritance with me." 

And Jesus said to him, "Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?" And then Jesus said to them, "Take heed and beware of covetousness; for the life of any man does not consist in the abundance of those things which he possesseth." 

And Jesus spoke a parable to them, saying, "The field of a certain rich man yielded an abundant produce. And the rich man thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do? for I have no place in which I can collect my fruits.' And the rich man said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and will build larger ones, and there I will collect all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, "Soul, thou hast many goods laid up for many, years: take thine ease, eat, drink, and enjoy thyself."'

But God said to the rich man, 'Fool, this night they shall demand thy soul from thee; and as to the things which thou hast provided, to whom shall they go?' So is he that layeth up for himself: and is not rich toward God."

Posted by DeLong at January 12, 2004 12:14 PM | TrackBack


I wish people would refrain from quoting scripture in one sentence and making personal attacks on others in the next. Let us not only remember the words of Luke 12:13-21, but also Matt 5:21-22 (I won't quote, but I'll leave this as an exercise for the reader).

// Frame-suit on //

Posted by: Mike on January 24, 2004 06:08 AM


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