I defy anyone to read Hayek’s The Constitution of Liberty on social security and get out of it the lies and misrepresentation spread yesterday by left wing journalists Yasha Levine of Nation and Kate Zernike of the hyper-partisan New York Times. Zernike, of course, is a repeat offender, having spread howling nonsense about Hayek in the New York Times before. Zernike’s professional beat is the world of free market, limited government and conservative political activists and ideas, and yet she’s a demonstrable ignoramus — and a highly bigoted one at that — when it comes to the biggest, most obvious giant elephants in the room encompassing her assigned responsibilities. Zernike grabs a leg and mistakes it for a tree trunk, gets goosed by the trunk and thinks its a fire hose. She’s incompetent, yet intentionally deceptive and dishonest to boot. And she’s just one more reason no one should trust the content of the New York Times — as only a dwindling cohort of the clueless still do.
UPDATE: It turns out that Yasha Levine and Mark Ames — the authors of the error-ridden hit piece on Hayek — come straight out of the bowels of Russian yellow journalism and pornography, specializing in National Enquire type made up “news” laced with lots of blood and nudity. See the Wikipedia entry on their publication history here. It’s very reassuring to see fraudulent intellectual history moving directly from the Internet sewer publication of Levine and Ames into the pages of The Nation and then on to the New York Times with not a fact check or opened book bothered with in the process.