David R. Henderson  

Joseph Keckeissen, 1925-2011, RIP

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Mercantilism Lives... Would You Give Up Your Health ...

I just learned that Josepk Keckeissen, an economics professor at Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala, has died. I had the pleasure of meeting him at the Mont Pelerin Society meetings in Guatemala in November 2006. He had a spark in his eyes and an energy that was quite striking for an 81-year-old man.

He had directed a skit that his economics students starred in. In the skit, which I think he wrote, the students were venting about all the American wetbacks who were coming down to Guatemala and why don't they go home. It was a beautiful turning of the tables on Americans who advocate immigration restrictions. There were a lot of little wrinkles that showed economic thinking and I started laughing out loud pretty quickly. I would estimate that about 20 percent of the people in the audience walked out angrily. I stayed and applauded. It was nicely done.


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