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Publish or perishIn academic circles, there’s the principle of “publish or perish,” meaning that academics have to regularly publish scholarly articles in order to keep their jobs, whether or not they are quality articles, and that, by implication, quantity is often more important than quality.

Austrian School economist, Dr. Gary North, demonstrates this principle.

His December 28, 2012 LewRockwell.com article, Retired Couple Turn Into World Traveling Nomads, is only 158 words, and looks like the work of a fifth-grader. Here is a sample of his “high-quality” writing:

I like my lifestyle. I spend most of my time in my basement office. I write. I read. I don’t go anywhere.

I would pay a lot of money not to travel. Fortunately, I don’t have to. I get to stay home for free.

My view of travel is simple: if you want to see the world, rent travel videos. Or watch YouTube.

So much for Lew Rockwell publishing North’s articles because they are all high-quality. I first suspected a problem with the quality of some of his articles in 2010 when he claimed that gold coins produced by U.S. and Canada aren’t money, despite being legal tender.

Gary North actually revealed to fellow Mises Institute associate, Dr. Walter Block, that he was even too busy to respond to Dr. Block’s serious questions, because he had to get nine articles a day out the door, as revealed in this June 7, 2012 LRC blog post:

“Walter you ignore the obvious: At zero price, my time is in greater demand than supply. I must pick & choose my responses, writing 9 articles a day (paid subscribers), and being in the final phase of updating my 31 volumes”

Gary North’s focus on quantity over quality is further evidenced by his 1000th LRC article, where he spent more time navel-gazing about his 1000th article than informing his readers of more pertinent information.

For more on Gary North, see my many articles here.

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