13 March 2018
Mr. Peter Navarro
White House National Trade Council
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20500
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.
Ph.D. Student, Economics
George Mason University