Is Politics Allowed on Economics Blogs?
A recent comment on this CD post suggested that politics should not be discussed on an Economics/Finance blog like Carpe Diem. Although the focus and majority of my 3,100 CD posts have been on economics and finance issues, it's not realistic to hold politics off-limits for any comprehensive economics blog.
Searching Harvard economics Professor Greg Mankiw's blog for the words "Obama" and "McCain" I found 288 and 239 references, respectively. Searching Carpe Diem, I found 285 references for Obama and 168 references for McCain, and I think that those searches include comments for CD, but not for Greg's blog (comments are now allowed). Searching Marginal Revolution, I found more than 1,000 references each for McCain, Obama and Palin. Search any of the other top academic economics blogs like Freakonomics, Paul Krugman, Cafe Hayek, etc., and you'll find hundreds, if not thousands of references to presidential candidates.
As far as any students taking any of my classes, under no circumstances or conditions are you ever required to read Carpe Diem, and there would be no way that I would ever even know if you read it or not!
And for students taking MGT 551 Business Economics this semester, please note that the title of our Gwartney textbook is ECONOMICS: PRIVATE AND PUBLIC CHOICE, and note that "public choices" are those made through the public sector, most often by PUBLICLY-ELECTED officials. Since either Sarah Palin or Joe Biden will soon be the second most powerful publicly elected official in the country, it would seem relevant to discuss either of them on an economics blog.