Thursday, 4 March 2010

The Economist, accountants and snobs

This is what Felix Salmon reads. And what he doesn't:
I definitely don't read The Economist. I don't like that kind of air of omniscient, Balliol College superciliousness.

Isn't this a backhanded compliment? I prefer the putdown from The Spectator advert (before it became Andrewneilised):
The Economist? Isn't that what my accountant reads?

(This is for Skipper, who has a beef).

8 comments:

dearieme said...

What is one to say of a magazine that commends Mr Jefferson's propaganda on equality? Mr Jefferson's slaves included some of his own children.

Gaw said...

Have you read Conor Cruise O'Brien's book on Jefferson? I think you'd enjoy it.

ghostofelberry said...

It's okay, Garth Knight, i don't read Felix Salman or The Spectator because i don't even know who they are. i only read your blog because you fed me pie and bought my books.

i'm reall yddnrk.d

Hey Skipper said...

What is one to say of a magazine that commends Mr Jefferson's propaganda on equality?

It is easy to blame people personally for being a product of their times.

Over the last 40 years, people (in the US anyway) have come around to viewing blacks as fully fledged human beings.

Before then, not so nearly so much.

Besides that, Jefferson's point is that all humans should be equal before the law, not that they are equal in temperament or abilities. The latter interpretation -- The Economist's -- is utterly, fantastically, wrong.

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I think most people get The Economist so as to be seen with The Economist.

Ouch. I think I just poked myself in the eye.

Recusant said...

The Economist, like its stablemate the FT, has a deracinated quality that really grates.

Balliol? I don't think so. More like an MBA course at Cranfield.

Gaw said...

Skip: Jefferson's contradictions are pretty fascinating though. As I say interestingly explored by the Cruiser.

Recusant: I'm sure that would hurt more. After all, superciliousness to Balliol standard is impressive in its way.

dearieme said...

Dr Goebbels was a product of his time too, Skipper.

Hey Skipper said...

Skip: Jefferson's contradictions are pretty fascinating though.

Yes, indeed they are.