A reader just brought to my attention a recent “controversial article” by Andy Kessler that appeared in the July 8, 2013 Wall Street Journal, suggesting that I might respond to it here.
We’ll see. Thus there may be a “Round 2.”
One response to Kessler’s editorial: “Andy Kessler, Former Hedge Fund Manager, Says Shelter Volunteers Cause Homelessness”
The big obstacle is that the original is available online only to WSJ subscribers.
Quoting from my e-mail reply to the reader:
Thanks for the lead. I’ll see what I can do with this.
The most direct help would be if you could use your subscription to get us electronic copies of the text.
I could submit comments to [reporting on the article, e.g. at HuffPost] — I did that at NYTimes and got some blog views behind it. I am wary, however, of responding on my blog to anything other than the original, since responses to the original may misrepresent it.
WSJ sort of cooks its own goose as to credibility, handling its site that way: it comes off as, “Us rich folk can just discuss these things amongst ourselves, thank you very much; we don’t need any dissenting opinions.”
I do have a October 17, 2012 post noting a different very rich man who’s taken a far better approach.
If you’re not familiar with the October 17, 2012 post, I commend it to your attention now.