I didn’t know they let historians onto Freakonomics.

3 03 2009

I just noticed that they interviewed my friend Shane Hamilton for the blog Freakonomics. And he’s a historian! But watch out Shane! If you keep saying stuff like this the economists are going to come looking for your head:

Most truckers who hauled farm products, rather than general freight, were not members of the Teamsters’ union — even though the International Brotherhood of Teamsters was the nation’s single largest and most powerful union from the 1950’s into the 1970’s. This was in part a product of truckers’ sense of independence — as Rubber Duck played by Kris Kristofferson in the 1978 movie Convoy declares, “The Teamsters ain’t my damn union!” But this ferocious anti-union stance was also encouraged by federal policies that exempted farm and food truckers from the regulatory oversight of the Interstate Commerce Commission.

That makes the second person I know who’s been featured on Freakonomics. The first was my brother.

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