Summers' memo

Chris Doss itschris13 at
Thu Apr 27 07:27:59 PDT 2000

Didn't Summers claim that he had meant it as a joke? He admitted authorship, I think.

>From: Michael Pollak <mpollak at>
>Reply-To: lbo-talk at
>To: lbo-talk at
>Subject: Summers' memo
>Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2000 06:37:10 -0400 (EDT)
> > I'd be happy to put as many goals past Lawrence "Africa is
> > underpolluted" Summers as I can.
>I vaguely remember hearing somewhere that this memo was satirical, a
>straight-faced reductio ad absurdam argument against the idea that market
>logic is always benign. Is there any truth to this interpretation? Or
>was that infamous memo really just as evil as it looked on its face?
>Michael Pollak................New York City..............mpollak at

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