Some Fairly Recent Must- and Should-Reads About Globalization

Paul Krugman: "An ugly story from Stanford. But I think Brad gets only a small piece of the issue when he talks about Stanford's intellectual quality control problem...

...This is also part of a much bigger issue: the sorry state—ethical as well as cognitive—f conservative intellectuals in the 21st century. Remember, these are the people liberal intellectuals are supposed to listen to and learn from. I've written about this before: media organizations and others are under constant pressure to give voice to "serious, honest, conservative intellectuals with real influence"; except those unicorns no longer exist. And it's not just the absence of any new ideas for three or four decades; it's not just the inability to admit mistakes when predictions (like predictions of soaring inflation and interest rates from efforts to rescue the economy) end up being completely wrong. There's also just a combination of mean-spiritedness and unwillingness to abide by even the most basic rules of decent behavior separating having political views from being a pure apparatchik.

Ferguson is as good as the modern intellectual right gets—he's done actual work as a historian, has received plenty of intellectual gongs, could do fine by playing by the rules—in fact would and does benefit from political affirmative action on behalf of conservatives. And here he is conspiring to mess up the lives of students whose political ideas he doesn't like. And unfortunately, from what I've seen he's not actually worse than a number of his right-wing peers....

Cory Heitman @HitmanHeitzie: Lmao at the weird Bond villain type language Niall Ferguson uses. This is a writer I have enjoyed on occasion but his world view is exposed as cartoonish here...


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