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The Best of: “With Notably Rare Exceptions”

Henry Farrell:

“With Notably Rare Exceptions” — Crooked Timber: Alan Greenspan is back as free market evangelist, and it’s rather wonderful.

Today’s competitive markets, whether we seek to recognise it or not, are driven by an international version of Adam Smith’s “invisible hand” that is unredeemably opaque. With notably rare exceptions (2008, for example), the global “invisible hand” has created relatively stable exchange rates, interest rates, prices, and wage rates.

It’s best not to interpret this as an empirical claim, but a carefully-thought-out bid for Internet immortality. It has the sublime combination of supreme self-confidence and utter cluelessness of previously successful memes such as “I am aware of all Internet traditions” and the “argument that has never been made in such detail or with such care,” but with added Greenspanny goodness. I tried to think of useful variations on the way in to work this morning – “With notably rare exceptions, Russian Roulette is a fun, safe game for all the family to play,” and “With notably rare exceptions, (the Third Punic War for example), the Carthaginian war machine was extremely successful,” but none do proper justice to the magnificence of the original. But then, that’s why we have commenters. Have at it.

Stu 03.30.11 at 1:39 pm “With notably rare exceptions, Newt Gingrich is a loyal and faithful husband.”

Andrew Edwards 03.30.11 at 1:44 pm “With notably rare exceptions, Japanese nuclear reactors have been secure from earthquakes”

Sufferin' Succotash 03.30.11 at 1:54 pm With notably rare exceptions, Adolf Hitler was extremely tolerant of diverse religions and cultures.

Sev 03.30.11 at 2:03 pm Though unredeemably(sic) opaque, Mr. Madoff’s operations delivered excellent returns, with notably rare exceptions.

Jeff 03.30.11 at 2:08 pm With notably rare exceptions, Germany remained largely at peace with its neighbors during the 20th century.

ed 03.30.11 at 2:11 pm With notably rare exceptions, Mrs. Lincoln enjoyed the play.

ed 03.30.11 at 2:24 pm With notably rare exceptions, the levees protecting New Orleans have held fast in the face of major hurricanes.

ed 03.30.11 at 2:30 pm With notably rare exceptions, simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction after August of 2002.

chris 03.30.11 at 2:43 pm With notably rare exceptions, locking all exits to the workplace is a harmless way to improve your employees’ productivity.

Dragon-King Wangchuck 03.30.11 at 2:59 pm With notably rare exceptions, none of us is Spartacus.

MPAVictoria 03.30.11 at 3:15 pm With notably rare exceptions, the Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup every year.

william u. 03.30.11 at 3:37 pm With notably rare exceptions, noise is Gaussian distributed.

Hidari 03.30.11 at 3:42 pm With notably rare exceptions, when you wake up in the morning, you know for a fact that you will still be alive by the end of the day.

Daragh McDowell 03.30.11 at 3:49 pm With notably rare exceptions, Soylent Green is NOT people.

JGabriel 03.30.11 at 4:30 pm With notably rare exceptions, the Roman Empire’s crucifixion policy was successful in containing subversive religious movements

Juha T 03.30.11 at 4:45 pm With notably rare exceptions, the shadow banking system has made the US economy more stable.

Malaclypse 03.30.11 at 4:52 pm With notably rare exceptions, the bacterium Yersinia pestis does not cause significant human suffering.

Cosma Shalizi 03.30.11 at 5:19 pm With notably rare exceptions, economics is scientific discipline.

Malaclypse 03.30.11 at 6:29 pm With notably rare exceptions, allowing Ayn Rand’s acolytes to serve as Federal Reserve chairmen has worked out well

Jay 03.30.11 at 6:58 pm With notably rare exceptions, Michael Jackson behaved perfectly normally.