Remembering Bob Bartley


Slate's Press Box writer Jack Shafer offers a balanced and nuanced obit of Robert Bartley, the man who turned the Wall Street Journal editorial page into one of the most influential venues in economics and politics.

Shafer, a former editor at the old Inquiry magazine and a very occasional contributor to Reason, reminds readers that he's "a small-government libertarian," which is why he "never subscribed to the Journal edit page's supply-side orthodoxy…which didn't seem to care about the growth of government as long as taxes got cut."

Whole thing here.

Over at, David Warsh also has a very interesting piece on Bartley.