[-empyre-] Matt Ridley and northern rock

sdv at krokodile.co.uk sdv at krokodile.co.uk
Tue Oct 23 22:42:25 EST 2007

oh and I should add that this is not an argument for reading Matt 
Ridley, but the opposite it's an argument for NOT reading anything by 
him at all...


sdv at krokodile.co.uk wrote:
> I was highly amused to read this critique of Matt Ridley from George 
> Monbiot this morning.
> Given Judith's discussion of Matt Ridley's work in the text, it's 
> extremely useful  of George to remind us of the libertarian addiction to 
>  neo-liberal economics of Matt Ridley.
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,2197247,00.html
> I especially enjoyed the following:
> Ridley, who has a DPhil in zoology, is no stranger to good science, and 
> his explorations of our evolutionary history, which are often 
> fascinating and provoking, are based on papers published in 
> peer-reviewed journals. But whenever a conflict arose between his 
> scientific training and the interests of business, he would discard the 
> science. Ignoring hundreds of scientific papers that came to the 
> opposite conclusion, and drawing instead on material presented by a 
> business lobby group called the Institute of Economic Affairs, he argued 
> that global temperatures have scarcely increased, so we should stop 
> worrying about climate change. He suggested that elephants should be 
> hunted for their ivory, planning laws should be scrapped, recycling 
> should be stopped, bosses should be free to choose whether or not their 
> workers get repetitive strain injury and companies, rather than 
> governments, should be allowed to decide whether or not the food they 
> sell is safe. He raged against taxes, subsidies, bailouts and government 
> regulation. Bureaucracy, he argued, is "a self-seeking flea on the backs 
> of the more productive people of this world ... governments do not run 
> countries, they parasitise them".
> Given that his bank is the first the collapse since 1866...
> enjoy
> steve
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