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December 8, 2012

Economic journalist Barry Ritholtz, author of Bailout Nation, on his blog uses this blurb to invite comments:


Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data, ability to repeat discredited memes, and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Also, be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor even implied. Any irrelevancies you can mention will also be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous.

Sounds like he has adopted the implicit policy of Yahoo comments.

Anyway I take Mr. Ritholtz’s policy as a challenge, so here goes:

This author is apparently unaware his innane ideas on the economy have been discredited ever since Adam Smith wrote “The Road to Serfdom”.  If we follow this plan the national debt will soon exceed $1 million per family, forcing our daughters to sell themselves to Russian energy magnates to pay interest on US Treasuries.  Don’t you get it?  The so-called stimulus failed!!  Thats why we have 20% unemployment, $10 a gallon gas, a tanked stock market and government thugs trying to TAKE AWAY MY GUNS!!!  But this is to be expected from Commie-Socialist dog-walkers like Ritholtz.
Desi Arnez, where are you now that we need you?


Whew.  Not satisfied with my effort.  Ritholtz sets the bar pretty high.

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  1. December 8, 2012 at 4:16 am

    I guarantee you that someone reading this will miss the giant, flashing neon SARCASM sign.

  2. Alexandra Brody Salazar
    December 8, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Nice sarcasm, by the way. But whoah, it looks like Ritholtz forgot to turn down his smugness that day! Unless he’s going for the self-important 15-year-old-who-fears-trolls-on-the-internet image on purpose or something.

    Funny that with his comment he becomes exactly the kind of person he’s calling out, straw-manning internet users as stupid and uneducated, meanwhile refusing to be civil. I guess if you stare into the abyss long enough… h

  3. December 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I am sure that a comment with almost the same wording can be found in the comments that were made in talk backs during the presidential pre elections.

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