Colbert vs. Colbert: Which Kind of Economics is for You
If you are one of the millions of fans of the vastly popular Colbert Report on Comedy Central, then you have definitely heard some or all of his various tirades against the economics debates in the United States today. The funny man never clearly states his own opinion, but the angle of the show clearly illustrates his liberal leanings. Is he the Colbert for you, or, perhaps, is Jean-Baptiste Colbert, the former French financial minister your preferred sources of economics information?
To answer that question, you will need to honestly ask yourself, have you been frenchified with haute couture and films a la Jean de Fleurette? If you like a certain crooked-toothed, anchor nosed actor appearing in every released comedy in a calendar year, you might be French enough to prefer the Baptistean view of economics. However, if you like the razor-straight smirk of one Stephen Colbert, as her snarkily interviews current politicians and otherwise infamous economical minds, you might find Jean-Baptiste Colbert too old school for modern economics.
If you still are not sure with Colbert is the economist for you, consider this: Jean-Baptiste Colbert lead the French monarchy into the French Revolution, successfully restructuring government for future economic success (if getting the members of the court be-headed), whereas Stephen Colbert merely offers constructive quips of advice, while reaching an audience of viewers who would otherwise know nothing about the recession, crisis, or “truthiness” of modern problems.
By this point you should know with certainty whether or not you are a freedom fry, or frenchified, an appreciator of former French ministers, or ministering with peccadilloes, an un-serious examiner of economics, or an economist serious enough to face the guillotine. But, if you still don’t know, say “truthiness” ten times fast, and you may discover what kind of Colbert economist you are.
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