Over here. Highlights include:
Quoting the opening line of a Jeremy Clarkson piece in the Sunday Times proves I’m a racist.
I attack Ritchie because he’s got more Twitter followers than I do.
My references to being the head of the shadowy international scandium oligopoly are taken seriously.
And so on. And this is cute too:
He may be just another angry ranter. I really don’t know. But I’d like to know a couple of things.
Question 1: is someone paying him to write his stuff? If so, who?
From an interview with Worstall back in 2006.
Normblog: What would be your ideal choice of alternative profession or job?
Worstall: Over the past couple of years, since I started blogging, I’ve been changing my profession, from vaguely unsuccessful businessman to vaguely unsuccessful writer. I’m still astonished that people wish to pay me to tap on a keyboard and I think I’ve found my ideal alternative.
If he’s changed his whole profession towards being a ‘writer’ then he sure won’t make enough from the likes of Forbes. His 3,500-odd Twitter followers – rather feeble, given the attention-seeking headlines – suggest not much potential for advertising revenues. His book rankings place him currently in 2.7 millionth place on Amazon for his climate change book Chasing Rainbows, and he’s at 1.2 millionth place for his more recent 20 Economic Fallacies.
That ain’t how he keeps himself afloat. If there are people paying him to write his outpourings, who are they, what do they get out of it, and what form does this payment take?
Our anonymong here doesn’t seem to know quite how much Forbes pays. I get paid by editors to write things for them: at Forbes, The Register, the ASI and so on. No grants, no secret payments, no salary, none of that and that freelance income amounts to three times the median UK wage or a bit above that. Yes, sorry about this, but I am successfully earning a good living as a freelance writer.
And, of course, I do also run that shadowy international scandium oligopoly.
Be fascinating to find out who it is that has spent time and effort piecing all of that together really.