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April 2006

Harvey Mansfield on the firing of Larry Summers. Mansfield argues, interestingly, that being too much of an economist perhaps contributed to Summers's downfall:

He thought he could prevail without winning and apologize without losing. Nor would he have to out-argue his intellectual inferiors. He would merely question their opinions and show them their indubitable self-interest. He was in a deep sense impolitic, an economic man who knows nothing of war and hence nothing of politics.