This is new feature on my blog where I post negative comments on my articles
The following comments from my first Salon.com piece entitled "Obsessed with Paul Krugman: A Disgraced Neoliberal’s One Man Crusade"
"McIntire misses the larger point here. Ferguson’s ‘Three Part Sham-Intellectual Extravaganza of Breathtaking Hypocrisy and Mendacity on the Subject of Paul Krugman’ isn’t about engaging Krugman at all. It’s about solidifying his cred with conservatives, raising his public profile (ostentatiously attacking in print someone more famous and prestigious than you is an old trick for gaining publicity), and claiming the throne of Top Conservative Public Pseudo-Intellectual left vacant, seemingly, since William F. Buckley died.
Ferguson aspires to be to the Right — by way of intellectual dishonesty, fraud, relentless self-promotion, and currying favor with the Rich and Powerful — what Paul Krugman is to the Left — all while being entirely indifferent to the fact that Krugman gained his perch through intellectual rigor, genuine expertise, and a willingness to call bullshit on American policy and political leadership during a time when many at NYT and other major newspaper / media outlets were lining up to carry water for the Bush administration.
Krugman won’t demean himself by responding to Ferguson’s tirade. He recognizes the game Ferguson is playing, and he isn’t about to abet ‘the dapper British historian’ in his little quest. Dismaying though it is, the faculties of Harvard and Oxford have already shown themselves gullible in taking Ferguson seriously as an academic. It wouldn’t surprise me if Krugman never had another thing to say to, or on the subject of, Niall Ferguson. Ignoring Ferguson is the response he truly merits.”
"With friends like George McIntire…
Defending Krugman’s pieces from a few years ago on the grounds that “nobody” cares about stuff like that anymore is not exactly a ringing defense. It sounds more like the halfhearted argument of a sullen fratboy trying to change the subject because the conversation has gotten too nerdy.
Also, just as an aside, it’s not “eloquence” just because you use complete sentences and don’t screw up your spell check. As much as I would like if the bar were that low, it’s not. That’s just basic literacy. Eloquence is also not merely adopting a chummy, “Economist" like tone, except with 100 times the words."