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Tim Worstall on his bête noire

This is a lovely couple of paragraphs by Tim Worstall at the expense of that hardline opponent of global free capital movements, and socialist, Richard Murphy:

The major driver in growth is that two thirds of humanity are moving from 16th century peasant destitution to the 20th century petit bourgeois pleasures of three meals a day. As long as no one fucks that up with a Courageous State we can expect the global economy to expand 8 to 10 times in the 21st century just as it did in the 20th.

We do, after all, have a very large intergovernmental commission looking at these sorts of things for us. The IPCC it’s called. And such economic growth is actually one of their starting assumptions. No, really. so who are you going to believe? A retired accountant from Wandsworth or the scientific consensus?

When a blogger refers to a pit of bias and political intrigue like the IPCC to make a point against an attacker of low taxes and tax havens such as Murphy, it is really the end of the road.

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10 comments to Tim Worstall on his bête noire

  • stephen ottridge

    This comment is off topic. Where are the civil liberty types on the topic of street video cameras now that the Boston marathon terrorists have been so expeditiously found and their pictures circulated. One down , one to go.

  • Natalie Solent (Essex)

    I just lost a comment, so apologies if this is a duplicate.

    I don’t think much of the IPCC – until I compare it to Richard Murphy.

    It is more persuasive to a general audience to quote vaguely lefty or official sources when making libertarian arguments. It should go without saying that one should be honest about one’s assessment of the source.

    To this end I have bookmarked the United Nations Development Programme Human Development
    Report 2013
    .

    Put out by a bunch of tranzis, it is still a serious and detailed demolition of the widely believed idea that “the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.”

  • Tedd

    Stephen:

    Where are the civil liberty types on the topic of street video cameras now that the Boston marathon terrorists have been so expeditiously found and their pictures circulated.

    Right here.

    The bombs were still planted, and people still killed an injured. Personally, I would much rather live in the kind of society where that doesn’t happen, than the kind of society where it happens but the perpetrators are expeditiously found. This event is proof that giving up our liberty is not the way to protect our liberty or our security.

  • Rob

    If the government had cameras in every home, watching everyone, those bombings would never have happened.

    That also means in your home, Stephen.

  • Julie near Chicago

    Rob,

    Exactly.

  • I try not to spam these pages with my own rants, but felt it appropriate to prove that someone 5,000 miles from Richard Murphy were going to great lengths to prove him an idiot four years ago.

    http://thewhitedsepulchre.blogspot.com/2009/07/richard-murphy-of-tax-research-uk.html

  • stephen ottridge

    Tedd You post says to me that you would prefer to have no cameras on the street which would allow evil people to perpetuate their crimes time and time again. Says terrorist to his mate, “they don’t know who we are, time to plant some more bombs.”

  • Midwesterner (Wisconsin, USA)

    no cameras on the street which would allow evil people to perpetuate their crimes time and time again

    Really? Golly. I had no idea that law enforcement only began with the advent of the cameras. I must have lived most of my life in a world of perpetual terrorism and never realized it. Now that there are cameras, I’ll bet they can even catch serial suicide bombers.

  • Julie near Chicago

    Indeed, Mid. Them serial suicide bombers is dangerous! :>)))!!!