Whenever a Lewrockwell.com author writes something particularly stupid and gets called on it, the PaleoConFeds crawl out from underneath their rocks, run up the Stars and Bars, and start hurling stupid arguments from the battlements.
Hans-Hermann Hoppe receives the latest defense in this from Thomas DiLorenzo:
He [a critic of Hoppe] claims that Hoppe is a pure burden on the taxpayers of Nevada since UNLV is a state school. But as my old friend Walter Williams has pointed out, state employees like himself provide a service — they teach economics, help direct masters and Ph.D. theses, and interact with students — in return for their paychecks. (And Hoppe is eminently qualified to teach economics, unlike Palmer).
Would it be impolite of me to point out that the UNLV also pays people to give Afro-American Studies courses? Those teachers are providing a service in return for their paychecks, too. (And they are eminently qualified to do so, unlike DiLorenzo). Thomas D. can’t make a meaningful distinction between the market for Hoppe’s courses and “Survey of African-American Dance”, because neither of them are on the market. Both of them are funded by the same means, taxes, and that means that folks pay for those “services” whether they want them or not.
Anyone want to place a bet on when DiLorenzo, in a display of the intellectual consistency that LRC is known for, will blog that Afro-American Studies professors aren’t a pure burden on the taxpayers, because they provide a service in return for their paychecks?