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Sorry for being abrupt, but this is something I have been thinking about for months.

In the future, I plan to do my writing in essay format.

As far as blogging goes, I am opting for exit rather than voice, as it were.

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This is sad news (for us). Arnold's is a rare voice of open-minded sanity and genuine intellectual curiosity. Your readers will miss you.

Phil writes:
Yancey Ward writes:

Well, we will just have to read Arnold Kling essays instead. Good luck on the new direction. I will certainly miss the daily dose I get here. Will it just be Caplan and Henderson, or will they be adding another voice in replacement?

Tracy W writes:

Sorry to hear this. We'll miss you. But hopefully enjoy your essays.

chipotle writes:


As I see it, this is a big loss for the Econ-Blogosphere.

Aside from your analytic acuity, Dr. Kling, I will miss your absence of malice and contempt. I wish others would emulate your even-tempered demeanor.

Ryan writes:

Sad! Your blogging has been a public good. You could have ended your post, in Kling fashion, with "Have a nice day."


Jack writes:

As others, I will greatly miss your sharp analysis, keen wit, and especially your tempered, generous and open-minded tone. Even your sarcasm was fair and avoided the ugly ad hominem that is so common with many leading bloggers.

Steve B writes:


I'll miss your posts dearly. You are my favorite blogger, period. Where should we be looking for your essays?


Don Boudreaux writes:

This distressing news is the first bit of compelling evidence that I've encountered in favor of the great-stagnation thesis.

You'll be missed - very much so - in the blogosphere.

Ian B writes:

Ouch, you're one of my favorite bloggers. Thanks for all of the free content! Good luck in the future!

What's the benefit of moving from blogging to essays? Wouldn't your ideas get more eyeballs through blogging?

Daniel Klein writes:

Arnold is one of my favorite bloggers. I'm sorry to hear this. Thanks for the last several years of blogging!

Carl writes:

Thanks for the interesting posts Dr. Kling.

Looking forward to your essays.

What is the difference between an essay and a blog post?

Mike writes:

Sorry to hear this. Yours were always my favorite posts on the blog, and you're among my favorite bloggers. All the best.

David Merkel writes:

Hey, you did a great job. I will look forward to your essays.

marris writes:

What is an "essay"?

Will these "essays" be available online?

Sheldon Richman writes:

Good luck in your new venture!

Dave writes:

But if you're not posting, how will we find these essays?

Michael Rulle writes:

You have consistently been the first economics "blogger" I read daily. Your logic is sound, your writing clear and you have always taught me something in virtually every blog you have written. I have read two of your books. I read Learning Economics in about 2006 or so and thought, "yes, another rare sighting, a clear writer on Economics who writes with the clarity of Milton Friedman", and have been a follower ever since.

Writing for the laymen is the most important public function an economist can perform, applying principles to the cnditions of the day. This does not preclude original research, of course, but for someone like me it is invaluable.

I will miss your blogging and look forward to your future essays. I will miss the opportunity "to think out loud" by being able to comment on your writings.

I will miss your daily thoughts. I just hope your essays will be available to the public without going through the academic publishing cartel(!). I look forward to your future work.

DanR writes:

Sad news. Your voice will be missed.

Good luck with your change.

Wallace Forman writes:

Hopefully you will link to your essays here. I have enjoyed reading your posts on EconLog very much.

ajb writes:

Sad news and loss of a more mainstream, less reflexively libertarian perspective on this blog.

David E writes:

Say it ain't so Arnold.

ThomasL writes:

Very sad news indeed. Your blog posts in particular rekindled my interest in economics several years ago.

Best wishes.

Tom writes:

I'm selfishly disappointed to see this, because I've found you a must-read and the reason EconLog is normally the first click when I check Google Readers. Thanks for all the free lunch, and best of luck in the new direction.

James writes:

This has to be a joke. Or someone hacked in and is posing as Arnold.

Shayne Cook writes:

I will sorely miss your Lessons , my teacher.

Frank Howland writes:

Quite sorry to hear this. You have a very different way of looking at the world from me and I have learned a lot from you, even when I have disagreed with you. I look forward to the essays.

Nick Rowe writes:

I'm very sad to hear that. Yours was a good voice in the blogosphere.

Cyberike writes:

Let me add my voice to those who say they will miss you. I just hope your decision is a result of careful decision and not brought on by emotion or some kind of pressure we are not aware of.

Thanks for sharing your great intellect with us for these many years.

Peter St. Onge writes:

Thank you for all the hard work and I look forward to reading you essays!

Robinson writes:

EconLog has been a great combination of three unique voices and perspectives, and it's sad to know it's losing one of them. You will be greatly missed, and I look forward to checking out your essays.

Clark Irwin writes:

This is robustly suboptimal news. But thank you for all the informative postings.

Martin writes:

Thank you for your many posts over the years; I look forward to reading your essays!

Bo writes:

I looked forward to reading your posts every morning, and as such you have truly altered my thinking on many points. Even my progressive friends were impressed with your work.

Now, I look forward to your essays. Best of luck!

Ghost of Christmas Past writes:

I've really appreciated your posts.

I wish you good fortune.

I will make an effort to find and read your essays.

Thank you!

Jasbo writes:

The economically literate of Australia will miss you.

Charlie Deist writes:

Sorry to hear the news.

Have a nice day.

Alfrederick writes:

I'll miss your writing. Your original ideas have been so refreshing.

Please have someone (Bryan?) provide links to your work in the future.

Thank you!

Roger Sweeny writes:

I will miss you.

Several times, you have made reference to longer pieces you have written. For those of us who will suffer from Kling withdrawal, could you post links to them?

Left Outside writes:

You are the main reason I read EconLog, this saddens me. I hope your essays are linked to from here.

RPLong writes:

While I will greatly miss your blog posts, I look forward to reading your essays. Please publish them in a medium I will be able to access. :)

roystgnr writes:

I want to say this is very disappointing, but that sounds ungrateful. Perhaps it would be more positive to say that the time you *were* blogging was very "appointing"?

Joe Kristan writes:

Well, dang. Best wishes.

Roger Depledge writes:

Ditto to all the above. On top of that I immediately ordered every book you ever mentioned favourably. A great loss, unless the essays are just as chatty.

Marko writes:

I'm really sorry to hear that...

Peter Gordon writes:

Good luck in your new life. Life for many of us was better with a daily dose of Arnold Kling.

nzgsw writes:

On the upside, this news is far better than I feared from the tweet that linked this.

On the downside, no more Kling blogs. Bah. But truly exit > voice.

Good luck on your new venture, Arnold. I look forward to your essays, especially those on competitive government and Diamond Age economics.

David J writes:

Thanks for your years of observations and thoughts here. I look forward to reading your essays.

Bryan Caplan writes:

You'll be missed, Arnold. It's been great working with you these years!

Best wishes,


Becky Hargrove writes:

Arnold I am going to miss you terribly. Yours was the first voice online that I identified with. Your blog was the first place online where I felt comfortable, thus able to begin the long journey of finding my own economic voice. I understand that essay writing is one of the best ways to convey economic concerns in the present, for it is the direction I will also be taking in the near future. Even so, that means I have to get back out in the world and find new friends because you are one of the online friends I will miss most!

Pietro Poggi-Corradini writes:

Arnold, what could we do to get you to reconsider? By the way, having read your blogposts, longer articles, and books, I would rate the blogposts, taken in their entirety, as slightly superior. You have uncommon blogging talents.

Bryan Pick writes:

Where will your essays be published? We'd have less reason to mourn if we knew you'd get new audiences.

clay writes:

Why does the essay format serve Arnold's writing better than the blog format? Hadn't Arnold been using both formats over the past decade? Didn't Arnold say that he would be obscure if not for this blog? Will Bryan transition to books only? Arnold should provide more explanation.

TylerG writes:

Your writings went above and beyond the sharp analysis expected from high-quality economists and often had a 'wise-man philosopher' tone to them in addition. That's what ill miss most about your posts. I am looking forward to your essays, at least.

Randy writes:

As someone who is soon to be moving on to a new endeavor myself, I can relate. So, you've done a great job. Wishing you all the best.

Mike writes:

Here's a list, not up-to-date, of past essays. Will your new ones be posted there?

I look forward to continuing to enjoy your thoughts.

Kenny writes:

Thank you for all the fine words you've shared with us.

Jeremy, Alabama writes:

I checked in a couple of hours ago - I check back and there is a farewell post with 50 something comments. Evidently you have a lot of readers who may not comment very often, but they apparently follow you avidly. I'm one of them.

Some Guy writes:

You should be really proud of what you've done here in the last few years.

Robert Bell writes:

Thanks for many interesting ideas over the years, not least the voice/exit distinction.

Best of luck in your future endeavors.

Tom West writes:

Thank you very much for several years of informative and entertaining blog posts - especially the ones I disagreed with. They have been very much appreciated.

D writes:

Gonna miss your blogging big time. Please find a way to keep us posted on the books you're reading, either through your essays or even Amazon reviews. You're one of the rare bloggers who actually reads a lot of good books and tells us about it.

Jon Murphy writes:

Good luck with wherever your new path takes you!

KendallB writes:

There goes my favorite blog.

Andrea Castillo writes:

Best of luck! Know that you will be missed and that you have been responsible for several positive marginal changes in my thought processes.

You have a way of planting intellectual seeds, you know. :)

Conn Carroll writes:

will you at least post your essays here?

Maurile Tremblay writes:

I'll join the others requesting that your essays (or links to them) be posted here when the essays are published.

Mike Gibson writes:

You will be missed. Greatly.

FWIW, I've learned quite a lot from you.

But if you write essays, please let us know where we can read them.

Ken B writes:

And so, alas, the econ blogosphere too falls victim to Gresham's Law.

M.R. Orlowski writes:

Wow, this is a drastic hit to my favorite blog...


MattW writes:

How can we make sure not to miss your essays? Will you post links to them here?

Russ Mitchell writes:

Sorry to see you were put into an exit-vs-voice position, Mr. Kling. I've much enjoyed reading your work, and hope to in the future.

Lucas Reis writes:

Now that's sad news. Best wishes from Brazil.

Mike writes:

Thank you. I've enjoyed your posts for quite some time.

guthrie writes:

Farewell, sir! All the best to you in your new ventures... suffice to say we will be here if you ever wish to return!

Ray Dopez writes:

Kitchen, heat. Door, ass. Pot kettle black. Not ever read your blog either. Have a nice day.

Lexington Green writes:

This is smart.

Your energy is better employed in other venues.

Good luck.

Matt Zwolinski writes:

Sad news for the rest of us, Arnold! You will be missed in the blogosphere.

Socal Bill writes:

Sorry to see you leave the blog. Never miss a day without coming to Econlog to read you, Bryan and David as I continue to learn more about the world of economics. Good luck.

Mike Maurer writes:

Damn. Always a pleasure to see work by Kling.

Jonathan Bechtel writes:

Well crap.

This really sucks.

I've been reading your blog almost on a daily basis since I graduated college in 2008. I loved your open ended, intellectually chatty tone and always thought you had a remarkable amount of insight and clarity......moreso than anybody else in the econ blogosphere.

So, I'm very sad to see you go. But I certainly hope this means you've found a channel for your talents that gives you a higher return on your human capital than Econtalk.

Not to be touchy or feely, but I really will miss your writing and wish you the best of luck.

Barbara Skolaut writes:

Oh, no, Arnold!

Can't say that I blame you, but we'll miss your voice (I know I will.)

Best of luck, and thanks for the memories.

Robert writes:

Sorry to hear this, but looking forward to reading the essays.

Michael Bishop writes:

Don't go Arnold!

Silas Barta writes:

Add me to the list of people sad so see you stop blogging, and looking forward to reading those essays.

wintercow20 writes:

Thanks Arnold. You have inspired far more interesting discussion and ideas than you can ever know. All the best, and please do help us stay on top of your new essays.

c writes:

I am sad, I have enjoyed Arnold Kling's blogging greatly.

Jonathan Walz writes:

I stopped reading Econlog about a year ago when I submitted a comment about how you might want to lower the price of a wildly unread book by a great author with the same name. This was, of course, a lame joke. But to my surprise, I found out that your comments were being filtered through an intern who had no sense of of humor, in fact, she told me my comments were outright offensive and would never be published as they would cause you distress.

Alas, I was quite miffed but unpersuaded in that Arnold Kling is now and always has been one of the most readable, coherent and radical thinkers in the world of economics. I began reading you back on James Glassman's TCS Daily and have been following your work ever since. You possess a brilliant mind and the creative means to make that brilliance understood. I'm sure when you emerge again it will have been well-worth the wait.

Bill McNutt writes:


Marcus Higgins writes:

Well...I hope you're happy. No seriouly I hope you are happy. Looking forward to the new format.

Jeff writes:

Sad news, Arnold.

I hope you'll still by EconLog occasionally, even if you give up blogging regularly. At the very least, you should come back to promote these essays!

Matt C writes:

Regrettable, but good luck.

It doesn't count if you come back for a guest post once in a while, by the way.

Vuk Vukovic writes:

Too bad, your posts will be missed. I guess the opportunity cost of writing blogs became too high so you had to choose exit - smart choice. I will continue enjoying your intuitive essays and am looking forward to your new research.

Best of luck Professor Kling!

Bill W writes:

Bummer. I feel like Arnold was a nice classical liberal foil for Bryan and David. I think I'll mostly miss his PSST stories.

Salem writes:

Very sad news. You were easily my favourite blogger, not only for your keen insight but for the generous and humble way you presented your views.

I greatly look forward to your essays.

James writes:

At first I thought this had to be a joke, but I'm beginning to believe it is for real.

Arnold, I have learned an enormous amount -- and gotten a lot of pleasure -- from reading your posts over the years. You have a rare ability to explain a complex argument or concept clearly and succinctly. Thank you for writing. And please keep at it, in whatever form best suits you!

tl writes:

This truly is sad news, but I wish you all the best and look forward to your essays.

Chris Koresko writes:

I'll miss your blog posts too.

Maybe we can convince you to post at least a link and a quick summary when you have a new essay up?

Russell writes:

Very sad news. I've enjoyed your writing for years. All the best!

Diego Espinosa writes:

Thanks for your thought-provoking posts, particularly those on PSST. Your blog will be missed.

Senyek writes:

I teach economics and I regularly use your posts and articles in my classes. Your blog is the first I read every day and your posts the only ones I always read. I'm disappointed that your thoughtful commentary won't be as readily available. I hope you reconsider.

Dick Porter writes:

Hi Arnold. I am in the me-too column.

mike shupp writes:

Even when I've disagreed with you, I've enjoyed your posts, often learned from them, and even modified some of my own views. This is a great loss, for myself and for the internet.

Scot writes:

Arnold, just to echo what what a lot of other people have already said, this is very sad news. I've learned a lot from your blogging and its meant a lot to me. I hope you'll reconsider if you're able.

Thanks for everything!

(BTW, From Poverty to Prosperity is the next book in my queue. It's already out on the nightstand.)

Vinnie writes:

I came to this blog on a whim and a search back in 2008 as a total economics ignoramus hoping to find a confident expert giving clarity to the madness I was hearing about on the news. Instead, I found a humble, articulate voice explaining why nothing is clear and why we should be wary of confident experts. Since then, I've picked up some valuable economic insights by reading this blog, but I think I've learned just as much about humility, fallibility, and the importance of keeping an open mind. Thanks for all the great writing, Arnold. You've really made a big impact on the way I see the world.

Brian Holtz writes:

Please don't go. Or, come back real soon!

Daniel writes:

You have been probably my favorite blogger over the years and I have always looked forward to your posts. Your invaluable contributions will be greatly missed.

Daniel Hewitt writes:

We'll miss you Arnold. Good luck in your new endeavors.

Dave writes:

I have learned a great deal from your writing, and not just about Economics. I've learned about logic, good storytelling, and a command of the English language.

You will be sorely missed in my RSS feed reader.

aretae writes:

I read you for the perspective (think Ego in Ratattouille). I'll miss it.

Lester Fahrner writes:

I hope you will elaborate on your 'folk Marxism' theme in an upcoming essay. It was a brilliant concept that Locke had been displaced as a default way of thinking, without necessarily understanding or acknowledging the philosophical underpinnings of Marx slipping into ordinary opinions and world views. It is truer now than when you first published it.

stephen writes:

you are, honestly, my favorite. and I have never figured out why. just love ya

Jian writes:

Dr. Kling, I will greatly miss your voice on the blogosphere and hope to follow it in your essays. You've been my favorite blogger by a long shot and I never failed to catch up on you pithy insights.

My very best wishes to you, and I hope what you take on next is even more rewarding. Thank you for your wisdom.

David writes:

Mr. Kling,

I appreciate you taking the time to share your wisdom with us. I have been a regular of this blog and a few others for several years now. I have not always agreed with everything you have said but ideas are so very important. And whether or not I agree or not is not the point, the point is that you, along with your fellow bloggers, have allowed me to look at things from a different perspective. Seeing ideas through a different lens is, I believe, an important aspect of learning. Thank you.

Hugh writes:

I too am saddened by this news.

Maybe you can write an essay on why you turned against blogging.

As a reader of blogs I can imagine some reasons:

- pressure to post daily
- the difficulty of fully explaining and developing an idea in few words
- snarky comments that could easily be refuted if you spent the whole day writing replies

Zach Skaggs writes:

Hope you have a change of heart; love your clear-headed analysis, Arnold. Glad you are not giving up writing though and will of course read and enjoy your future essays.

A writes:

I was really sad to see this. Arnold, you're one of the best on the net.

A great writer, clear thinker, and one of the very best at keeping "his side" honest. More than anything else, I've come to value Arnold's keen understanding of how our brains trick us into thinking we are "righter" and more righteous than our rivals, and his writing was a clinic on how to avoid some of those pitfalls.

Arnold, please start a paid service. I'll be there.

Winton Bates writes:

Why not write a 1500 to 2000 word blog post and call it an essay?

Frances Woolley writes:

Sorry to hear this, but understand.

Could you write an essay about your days at TechCentralStation with Soon and Ballyunas? I've always wondered what went on behind the scenes there.

Duane Moore writes:

Arnold, you will truly be missed. I appreciate that you were a consistent voice for sanity, clarity and civility in discussing economics. I will anticipate your next essay almost as eagerly as a new season of Doctor Who.

Dave writes:

You will be truly missed.

David M writes:

A loss. G'luck in your non-blog endeavors.

Erroll writes:

I've gotten a lot out of your blogging - thank you! All the best,


Babinich writes:

Be honest with us... You're trying out for the St. Louis Cardinals! :')

Good luck; I am sure we'll hear from you in other forms in the future.

Larry Willmore writes:

A wise decision, Arnold. I look forward to your essays.

John Csekitz writes:

I wish you all the best and great sucess! Thank you for all the lessons, I will miss your teachings.

jafkheir writes:

thanks great teacher for all things that I learned from U. be more successful.

Tim Kane writes:

Arnold -
I look forward to your essays, which I am sure will set the standard for insight. It has been a pleasure reading you all these years!
- Tim

Sol writes:

I'm very sorry to hear this. I've enjoyed reading Arnold's blog posts for years, and will definitely miss them.

Eric Scheie writes:

Your blogging is a shining model of intelligence and civility which will be sorely missed.

Vagabundus writes:

Farewell brave sir knight. Tales will be told of your noble deeds throughout the land, forevermore.

Floccina writes:

I will miss reading you.

mark writes:

I join those who will miss you very much. Your has been one of the smartest minds I have ever encountered and it is a loss to encounter your thoughts less frequently. Thanks for all you have done to help me grow intellectually.

Karthic Dixit writes:

Thank you, Dr.Kling, for what has been a fine education over the years.

I keenly look forward to your essays.

Many thanks again.

Sven Hanson writes:

Thanks for many things and many thinks. We will all be looking for next Arnold Kling sighting.

Joe Cushing writes:

I was on vacation, so I'm late to comment.

Best of luck to you Arnold. I hope that your quest to bring rationality to the world is best played out through essays.

Mark Bahner writes:

A major loss to for the blogging world, and a major gain for the essay world.

Best of luck,

dullgeek writes:

Dr Kling:

Yours was one of the first blogs to introduce me to the economic way of thinking. I am saddened that your voice will no longer be available.

Thank you for the life changing education. Good luck w/your new direction.

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