David Glenn reports:
The economist Steven D. Levitt’s colleagues at the University of Chicago might be tempted to cancel their classes and wander down to Chicago’s federal courthouse on October 1. That’s the date that has been set for the trial in John R. Lott Jr.’s defamation suit against Mr. Levitt. At a status hearing on Wednesday, a federal judge penciled in the trial date and ordered the parties to complete their discovery process by the end of July.
You’d think that Lott would have given up since all has left is the claim that he was libeled in a private email, but I guess not.
In other Lott news, he has a new cover for Freedomnomics. Instead of an American flag inside an apple, it’s now inside an apple pie. The orange inside an apple skin cover of Freakonomics nicely symbolized the idea of finding a surprise when you look inside. Here we have a symbol of America inside … another symbol of America. No need to open this book folks, you know what’s going to be inside.
Another strange feature is that it is described as “A Rebuttal to Freakonomics” and subtitled “Why the Free Market Works”. Does anyone remember the bit in Freakonomics where Levitt said that the free market doesn’t work? Anyone?
From the inside flap we have
How women’s suffrage led to a massive increase in the size of government
How secret ballots reduce voter participation
Yes, Lott doesn’t like women’s suffrage or secret ballots.
And this bit seems to be a malicious attempt to damage Levitt’s reputation:
- Why the controversial assertions made in the trendy book Freakonomics are almost entirely wrong
Maybe Levitt should sue him?
And it seems that Lott has moved to yet another position:
During the 2007-08 academic year, Lott will be a senior research scientist at the University of Maryland Foundation.