Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Myth: Steve Kangas' FAQ is a good source of information

Fact: Steve Kangas' FAQ is loaded with terrible arguments and logical fallacies

Myth: No one has a right to my property. Fact: Our property rights are defined by democratic government, which is the sovereign owner of the nation's territory.

Circular argument

Myth: Tax cuts spur economic growth. Fact: High tax rates are correlated with economic growth.

Cum hoc ergo propter hoc

The Austrian School of Economics is a tiny group of libertarians at war with mainstream economics...Academia has generally ignored the Austrian School

Argument ad populum

Myth: A capital gains tax cut will spur the economy. Fact: Historically, economic slumps and unemployment have followed capital gains tax cuts.

Post hoc ergo propter hoc

It would, of course, take a lifetime to go through Kangas' FAQ and point out all the fallacies and weak arguments. But these are just a handful off the top of head--I'm sick of people citing him as if he's gospel.

UPDATE: Back before he went nuts, Francois wrote a number of good responses to Kangas. Worth reading.


David Z said...

Here's my reply to Huben's non-libertarian FAQ. point by point.

Kangas was an ass.

John said...

Luckily for me, I guess, I don't know who that Steve Kangas character is, but this post is hilarious. Good job.