They Called Me Mad: "The Economics of Szasz" Gets Published
People thought I was crazy to to write – let alone try to publish – “The Economics of Szasz.” This analysis of the economics of mental illness has got to be the least-publishable article I ever wrote. And now it’s finally appeared in Rationality and Society 18(3): 333-66 (August 2006). Depending on where you’re reading this, you may be able to download it here; if you can’t, check out the draft version.
While I was writing this article, I often thought, “This is already so objectionable that there’s no point cutting stuff to placate the referees.” So when a quote from Tolkien’s Return of the King seemed perfect, it went in. Go straight to endnote #16.
Refereeing is supposed to raise the quality of scholarship, but at least for me, the main effect is to make my writing less fun.