An Open Letter to Peter Navarro

13 March 2018

Mr. Peter Navarro
White House National Trade Council
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC  20500

Mr. Navarro:

Last week, you said to Bloomberg: “My function, really, as an economist is to try to provide the underlying analytics that confirm [President Trump’s] intuition. And his intuition is always right in these matters.”

Ignoring the fact your statement is circular in its logic, I must object to your slander of all economists everywhere.  We do not exist to confirm the intuition of the president or anyone we work for.  We do not exist to provide intellectual cover (i.e., “provide the underlying analytics”) for political decisions.  We exist to study the economy.  We exist to study human action and the market process.

Economists are not political shills.  We are scientists and scholars.  Your comments demean us all.


Jon Murphy
Ph.D. Student, Economics
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA

2 thoughts on “An Open Letter to Peter Navarro

  1. (Most) “Economists are not political shills.” Navarro obviously is.

    How pathetic: “My job is to provide intellectual cover for Trump.”

    Perhaps if you have some time, since you’re so close, you could drive in to DC and punch Navarro in the face to demonstrate the policy he is supporting.


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