Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Obama: Kenyan or Keynesian?

Here’s a little light relief while the American polling system grinds its gears (for which the Vodka Pundits’s drunk blogging of the results at least keeps the interest up).

A pair of suit-clad roving interviewers roamed the thickets of Jon Stewart’s Rally for Sanity asking whether the punters therein thought Obama was a Keynesian.

The results were hilarious. (This was a rally for sanity, remember.)

As Eric Crampton says, from whom I pinched this, “Happy election day, Americans. Somehow your voting system has to extract collective wisdom from these kinds of inputs.”


  1. It is hilarious. This shows how uneducated, ignorant & idiot the population is (generally in all countries).

    One local idiot blogger/commentator is Martyn Bomber. A blogger who has frequently made comments on the internet/newsmedia (on Kiwiblog, TV3), how Milt Friedman's economics doctrines have brought havoc to western economies over recent years. If this idiot understands that it has been the disastrous Keynesian economic policies of today are to be blamed and not the Friedman's economics doctrines.

    If someone had asked the same question to Martyn Bomber if Obama is a Kenyan or Keynesian, he would have answered exactly in the same manner shown by ignorants/idiots that were interviewed in the Stewart’s Rally for Sanity video above.

  2. Regarding the fool Jon Stewart:


    When Iran placed a fatwa on Salman Rushdie’s head for his book The Satanic Verses, the singer Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, said he supported the death sentence. Islam performed at Jon Stewart’s Rally for Sanity on Saturday, and Rushdie says that he was disappointed. “I spoke to Jon Stewart about Yusuf Islam’s appearance,” he says. “He said he was sorry it upset me, but really, it was plain that he was fine with it. Depressing.”

  3. Funny video. Thanks for sharing this with me..

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  4. American Extremist4 Nov 2010, 06:32:00

    That video is an odd mix of hilarious and painful. These are the people screaming 'we actually look at the facts!' 'We need to bring sanity back!' 'Those Tea Party people are mental midgets!' 'Derp! Derpy! Derp-derp-derp!' Indeed.

    So... just so I have this straight... The people who are carrying signs quoting everyone from Friedman, to Rand, to Hayek, to Sowell, to Adam Smith are the morons? And the people chirping knowingly about economics, daily hailing the amazing effects of stimulus, but with no idea who Keynes is, are waddling with the obesity of their smartness?

    Okay then. Got it.


    I read that post. That individual is quite a card. It's always fun to read someone who rebuts a doctrine by ascribing ideas to the doctrine that the doctrine rejects, then just smacking down those ideas instead. I'm sure there must be a term for that particular fallacy, but I'm not sure what it is. :/


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