Progressive Hit on Free Market Professor

This last week I listened to Tyler Cowen discuss free market economics at the George Mason Mercatus Center Retreat in Scottdale. At the end of a round table discussion, I had an opportunity engage Tyler in a face-to-face discussion about how the free market message can be conveyed to voters. More on this discussion later.

In the mean time, Free Market Economist and George Mason University professor Tyler Cowen was pepper sprayed in his classroom yesterday by a man trying to place him under citizen’s arrest.

Police say the man entered the classroom and attempted to place the professor under a citizen’s arrest. The professor tried to get the man—described as a white male in his 20s or 30s—to leave, at which time the man pepper sprayed him and a scuffle ensued, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.

I found Cowen to an intelligent and knowledgable academic with a strong free market philosophical foundation. It appears the the left can no longer deal with the free market ideas on a intellectual level, and have decided to go full metal jacket, by attacking the messengers.

About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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1 Response to Progressive Hit on Free Market Professor

  1. Dena says:

    That wasn’t very smart. Yes you can make a citizens arrest but you better be sure the charges will hold up. If they don’t you could be subject to false arrest charges and in this case assault charges as well. This little stunt could cost him dearly or result in time behind bars. Police have some immunity to false arrest but the public doesn’t.


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