TAC Counter-Programming on Tea-Party Day


FPR readers should certainly check out the American Conservative today.  First, they have a new essay up by Dermot Quinn on the relationship of Wilhelm Ropke’s ideas to the current economic crisis. And Sean Scallon’s piece on Jimmy Carter’s inaptly titled malaise speech, which has occasioned much favorable comment among other bloggers (including below by Russell Arben Fox), has been picked up by the New York Times as its idea of the day. (Thanks to TAC senior editor Dan McCarthy for bringing these new links to my attention.)

By the way, if you’re interested, a few years ago I wrote about Christopher Lasch’s rather interesting relationship to the Carter speech here. You might be surprised to learn that Lasch wasn’t all that happy with it.

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Jeremy Beer is a philanthropic consultant. He lives with his wife, Kara, in the Willo neighborhood of her hometown: Phoenix, Arizona. Although he likes Arizona and the land west of the one hundredth meridian generally, Jeremy is from Kosciusko County, Indiana, and considers himself a Hoosier patriot. He believes that Booth Tarkington was one of our greatest novelists, that Jean Shepherd was one of our greatest humorists, that Billy Sunday was our one of our greatest (and speediest) orators, and that Larry Bird is without a doubt our greatest living American. Jeremy obtained his doctorate in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. From 2000 to 2008 he worked at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in Wilmington, Delaware, serving finally as vice president of publications and editor in chief of ISI Books. He serves on the boards of Front Porch Republic, Inc., Mars Hill Audio, and Catholic Phoenix. A more complete and much more professional bio can be found here. See books written and recommended by Jeremy Beer.


  1. Dermot Quinn’s claim that our world collapsed in September of 2008 is all well and good. The House of Usher also collapsed in a single moment, but the barely discernible fissure that ran from top to bottom had been there a long time.

    Glad for the link to your fine piece on Lasch, JB.

  2. “The Market is made for man…not man for the market”….beautiful.. the story of Ropke and Mies and the Vegetable plot is highly telling. Both were correct..in some form…in their assumption. An economy can be produced out of a comprehensive discussion of that debate.

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