From my new column in Taki’s Magazine:
The Nobel Prize and the Cocaine Gold Rush
October 13, 2021
This week’s awarding of the (quasi-) Nobel Prize in economics to David Card for, in part, an immigration study that I definitively undermined way back in 2006 raises a nagging question in my mind: As cancel culture gets ever more pervasive, are my better insights tending, perversely, to dumb down the world by ruling ever larger chunks of reality off-limits to the ambitious?
Card’s celebrated research into the impact on Miami wages of the 1980 Mariel boatlift of immigrants is such a sitting duck that it’s hard otherwise to explain why nobody respectable has dared call it out in the last decade and a half.
Is my productivity and prescience keeping more respectable thinkers from later either:
—Citing me for a discovery, and thus risk being tarred by guilt with association for having heard of me, or
—Stealing a discovery of mine and thus risking guilt by association that way?
Read the whole thing there.