Sunday, August 26, 2012

Helping the NY Times to be helpful

When the Republicans hold their conventions, the New York Times usually offers its readers a helpful guide to the various species of Republican. I recall that in 2004 when the event was in NYC, the Times felt the obligation to help readers in case one actually encounters a Republican in the streets of the city.  NYC is supposed to be as cosmopolitan as the U.S. gets.

But perhaps Times editors are not as helpful as they think. Today's guide describes the Party's Libertarians as "pro-business".  It's an unfortunate but profound error.  Being "pro-market" and "pro-business" are very different.  Most business people are eager to become crony capitalists and, thereby, a serious threat to economic success.  Crony capitalism is where and how those on the left and the right hold hands.  It is also the source of a long list of policy errors and economic failings.

A helpful guide to Times writers and editors must start with a primer which teaches that "pro-market" and "pro-business" are anything but synonymous.


Mark Perry hits the same theme.