Monday, August 23, 2010

The Economist and its leftward spiral

The Economist warns of the dangers of Big Government. Funny, because I vaguely remember the Economist advocating not only Barack Obama's election but also the fiscal stimulus, the bank rescue package and the health care reform. This is the trend the news magazine has had for at least the past four years that I have been a subscriber. First they advocate interventionist policies and then, especially if those policies backfire, they argue that we should be cautious of such policies. Usually they leave cunning openings for themselves, allowing them to take credit however things turn out. I guess they really want to make it seem like they're sticking to their stated principles while in fact advocating policies that betray those principles.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Finland, the best country according to some

Newsweek ranked Finland as the best country in the world to live in. Finns just love it when they're noticed abroad which, if you ask me, is quite pathetic. What's even more pathetic is the way our media is treating this. They're referring to Newsweek as "prestigious", completely leaving out the fact that it suffers from a heavy left-wing bias. A quick look at the "advisory board" behind the ranking reveals something the media hasn't been able to figure out: that the ranking was written by leftists (including Stiglitz) and a few centrists. And this is what our Minister for Foreign Affairs considers the best news of the year.

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