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Failing to Fact Check George Monboit

This state-hating free marketeer ignores his own failed experiment | George Monbiot | The Guardian
Free-market fundamentalists, apparently unaware of Ridley's own experiment in market liberation, are currently filling cyberspace and the mainstream media with gasps of enthusiasm about his thesis.


This article was published on guardian.co.uk at 20.00 BST on Monday 31 May 2010. A version appeared on p25 of the Main section section of the Guardian on Tuesday 1 June 2010.

So what are these "gasps" - was it Hamish McRae - The Independent Sunday, 30 May 2010 - hardly gasping.

BusinessWeekMay 28, 2010, 11:29AM EST
Matt Ridley, a British science journalist (and formerly a director of Northern Rock),
- blow, they know of his secret directorship.

It might be Cái gì giúp loài người tiến bộ?, I assume Moonbat's Vietnamese is better than mine... Zoologist Matt Ridley in a new new book, "The Rational optimist: How Prosperity evolves" (pure sanguine: The Evolution Prosperity how) to introduce the most important factors leading to the advancement of men, which resulted in the economic life increasingly more prosperous. According to Ridley as we progress through exchange and trade. - Unlikely.

Maybe he meant:
The Rational Optimist: Matt Ridley’s regurgitation of denialist propaganda
Ridley’s arguments aren’t even sophisticated. He repeats the crudest pieces of denialist propaganda, which anyone with a genuine interest or understanding of science knows are factually incorrect:
Polar bear populations are rising
That Michael Mann’s “hockey stick” is broken
The hoary old “scientists in the 1970s used to believe an ice age was immanent” myth
Average temperatures during the Medieval Warming Period were higher globally than today

Maybe not, as it is only a blog and Moonbat says: "Free-market fundamentalists, apparently unaware of Ridley's own experiment in market liberation, are currently filling cyberspace and the mainstream media with gasps of enthusiasm about his thesis."

I can't find any fundamentalists filling the mainstream media with any sort of enthusiasm whilst being unaware of his involvement of Northern Rock, which is disclosed in the book, that pre-dates Moonbat's article.

Of course I'm not accusing George of making things up, I'm merely showing my inability to fact-check his article.


Comments

What is it about RATIONAL optimism that makes people like Monbiot so venously apoplectic? Those interested in Ridley's very good book might also wish to know about my own book, THE CASE FOR RATIONAL OPTIMISM (Transaction Books, Rutgers University, 2009), which makes quite similar points and arguments, but develops the case for optimism over a rather broader range of subject areas. See http://www.fsrcoin.com/k.htm

Why do misanthropes like Monbiot get so venomously apoplectic at the idea that humanity might actually be doing some thing right? Those interested in Ridley's very good book might also wish to know about my own book, THE CASE FOR RATIONAL OPTIMISM (Transaction Books, Rutgers University, 2009), which makes quite similar points and arguments, but develops the case for optimism over a rather broader range of subject areas. See http://www.fsrcoin.com/k.htm

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