Economy By Any Other Means

It’s almost painful to watch people talk on Megan McArdle, the biggest of the Ayn Rand fans on The Atlantic‘s staff is on a segment talking about Cambodia, and Robert Wright, who’s interviewing her gets to say stuff like: “…the genocide, I don’t know that much about it…” Really, Robert? I mean, you’re talking to someone about Cambodia, wouldn’t you want to brush up a bit?

The real stunner comes near the end of the clip, when McArdle talks about endemic corruption in Southeast Asia and how the economies of Cambodia and Vietnam were retarded compared to “Thailand and other places that didn’t have communist regimes” that also had corruption, just after talking about the genocide for a couple of minutes. She didn’t seem to mention more than two decades of war in Vietnam, either. I wonder if that had any effect on the economy?