The Frantic Anti-Trump Feeding Frenzy
My (and your) President Trump–from the sunny skies of Kiev.
I cannot speak of the precision contained in the attached.
We live in a news world saturated with paranoia. Many of us (academics, media, elites, independents, democrats, republican candidates, and libertarians) who were so badly beaten by Trump and his many had-enough supporters, are frantic with anti-Trumpism. It’s become a feeding frenzy. … I ask you to see him more in perspective.
Kennedy, presidential to the core, and loved by so many of us, gave us the Bay of Pigs disaster. He went along with his team of respected advisors, who really did believe, if memory serves me, that 1200 armed men could take over Cuba! Harvard educated, any such error is excused, or more likely forgotten, by those in the above list who were beaten by Trump.
Nixon, presidentially serious in all his announcements, even when he assured us “I am not a crook.” Like Trump he had his own determined agenda, and ways, but you had to find that out the hard way.
Johnson, also presidential, believed and implemented his belief that we would “win” in Vietnam by ordering a few more napalm fire-bombing missions. Like Trump he was the antithesis of mainstream intellectuals, a redneck. But he was a street learner, who got his start in West Texas, along the banks of the Pedernales River, in an election rife with the smell of being rigged. He was not the darling of the intellectuals, but, yes, a learner in 1967:
WASHINGTON, May 21. — President Johnson gathered some of the most luminous intellectuals on his payroll around a lunch table the other day to find out why he was having trouble communicating with the country’s luminous intellectuals.
Trump has given us several appointments and nominations, that I both respect and deeply doubt that any me-too traditional republican would have made. Has anyone noticed?
Dr. Vernon L. Smith was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2002 for his groundbreaking work in experimental economics. Dr. Smith has joint appointments with the Argyros School of Business & Economics and the School of Law, and he is part of a team that will create and run the new Economic Science Institute at Chapman.
Dr. Smith has authored or co-authored more than 250 articles and books on capital theory, finance, natural resource economics and experimental economics. He serves or has served on the board of editors of the American Economic Review, The Cato Journal, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Science, Economic Theory, Economic Design, Games and Economic Behavior, and the Journal of Economic Methodology. He is past president of the Public Choice Society, the Economic Science Association, the Western Economic Association and the Association for Private Enterprise Education. Previous faculty appointments include the University of Arizona, Purdue University, Brown University, the University of Massachusetts, and George Mason University, where he was a Professor of Economics and Law prior to joining the faculty at Chapman University. Dr. Smith has been a Ford Foundation Fellow, Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and a Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Scholar at the California Institute of Technology.
In 1991, the Cambridge University Press published Dr. Smith’s Papers in Experimental Economics, and in 2000, a second collection of more recent papers, Bargaining and Market Behavior. Cambridge published his Rationality in Economics: Constructivist and Ecological Forms in January 2008. Dr. Smith has received an honorary Doctor of Management degree from Purdue University, and is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Smith is a distinguished fellow of the American Economic Association, an Andersen Consulting Professor of the Year, and the 1995 Adam Smith Award recipient conferred by the Association for Private Enterprise Education. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1995, and received CalTech’s distinguished alumni award in 1996. He has served as a consultant on the privatization of electric power in Australia and New Zealand and participated in numerous private and public discussions of energy deregulation in the United States. In 1997 he served as a Blue Ribbon Panel Member, National Electric Reliability Council.
Dr. Smith completed his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at the California Institute of Technology, his master’s degree in economics at the University of Kansas, and his Ph.D. in economics at Harvard University.