Here’s the real question of course

I have been thinking quite a bit about blogging in the last few days. One reason will become apparent this week, but it’s a bit prosaic compared the more existential issue that has been troubling me the most. That is whether blogging in the way that I do it is something that will be possible in the future.

I do seriously wonder as a result whether I have been living through the best years of blogging, without realising it. That they might have coincided with the last years of something approximating to free speech might be an uncomfortable truth.

I sincerely hope I am wrong. But the way politics is going in some countries at the time that the chance of a major shift towards right wing populism in the UK seems very real indeed does worry me, greatly.

And I wonder what my response should be. And how, and on what, I should blog as a result given my concern for poverty, equality, opportunity, choice and democarcy. I put the question out there. Comments welcome.

That real question being how can I continue to gain £75 k a year for writing a blog?

43 thoughts on “Here’s the real question of course”

  1. “it’s a bit prosaic compared the more existential issue that has been troubling me the most.”

    Zeus on Mount Olympus.

    “That they might have coincided with the last years of something approximating to free speech might be an uncomfortable truth”

    Says the most ruthless purger of comments in the Western World. Cunt.

  2. But the way politics is going in some countries at the time that the chance of a major shift towards right wing populism in the UK seems very real indeed does worry me, greatly.

    Yeah, because authoritarianism and suppressed speech never arises from the Left, does it?

  3. Richie? – really?

    The deeply ignorant twerpery and simply toxic mindset on the “British progressive left” about freedom of speech would be pathetic coming from a teenager – from anybody past puberty – it’s both unacceptable and inexcusable.

    Mark Regev – Israel’s ambassador in London makes some important points here on LBC that will have the Sage of The Fens ear-fingering and la-la-la -ing.

    What a berk

  4. That’s unusual for Ritchie.

    Usually he says that such philosophical thoughts are in response to a question put to him personally by a senior journalist, cabinet minister, Nobel Prize winner, God himself….

  5. In this paragraph – an ad hominem attack on Michael Gove, we see the real source of his ire:

    ‘Now we have senior politicians saying they do not value the opinions of experts. Such comments can lead to other things.’

    Given he has been conclusively proven top be a fifth grad ignoramus on almost any topic he cares to offer an opinion on, his prospects don’t look too good if ‘experts’ are on the sideline…

  6. “the chance of a major shift towards right wing populism in the UK seems very real indeed”

    What does he mean by this? A possible vote for BREXIT = right wing populism? But not left wing populism? What does the shift from Labour to UKIP say?

  7. I’m glad that he uses a neologism “democarcy”. This means we can make a distinction between democracy and Murph’s vision of democarcy – ie do as I say, you plebs, or I will confiscate your assets.

  8. Has he ever reconciled his revulsion at what the EU did at the time of Grexit, with his new – found belief in democracy, but only for people who think like him, such as his odious gang?

  9. I’m busy reading a report from an EU-funded NGO promoting ethical shipbreaking. The EU seems to be paying SJW’s to harangue the EU.

    I may vote leave just to punish such irrevocable stupidity. Not that clean shipbreaking is bad, just the notion of paying people to give you grief seems stupid.

  10. For example, when someone points out that there are no experts in fields such as economics and politics, Murph refutes him by a complete non sequitur – there are experts as long as you don’t think that self-interest drives people’s actions. The more I think about that, the less sense it makes.

  11. Diogenes

    I imagine Lawrence from Guernsey will be appearing to harangue us all about Neil Hamilton shortly as well….

    The second paragraph is classic Murphy – the ‘Experts’ are those who accept his ever mutating basic propositions – everyone else is ‘on the margins of the debate’ – his narcissism has no limit!

  12. The Inimitable Steve

    Diogenes – I loved that one. Candidly, it was classic Murphyballs.

    Van Patten – I only found out today that Neil Hamilton is a UKIP Welsh Assembly member. My blood pressure is a lot better for not reading papers or watching the news.

  13. Of course I should have realised that there is only 1 expert economist and politician, the great Murph himself. Everyone else is just so limited in competence in comparison.

  14. Now we have senior politicians saying they do not value the opinions of experts. Such comments can lead to other things.

    Huh.

    When multinational corporations rely on the opinions of experts, Ritchie calls it “tax avoidance” and rails at the corruption of it all.

    When international accounting bodies rely on the opinions of experts to craft accounting standards that Ritchie disagrees with, he calls it sycophancy and rails at the corruption of it all.

    Evidently it isn’t really about listening to experts, it’s about listening to experts that second your opinion.

    Standard Ritchie. Move along… Nothing to see here.

  15. I imagine Lawrence from Guernsey will be appearing to harangue us all about Neil Hamilton shortly as well….

    I think he might be too busy today: The municipal drainpipes are scheduled for a cleaning.

  16. The Meissen Bison

    Comments Welcome

    Aha – well you’d have to have a heart of stone not to allow another chance to a repenting sinner, hence:

    The Meissen Bison says:
    June 6 2016 at 10:16 am
    Comments welcome.

    That’s already a major departure from your normal practice so let’s see if that’s the future for blogging and free speech?

    But sadly:

    Richard Murphy says:
    June 6 2016 at 11:40 am
    There have been 99,054 comments to date on this blog

    That is more than 27 a day on average

    But more like 70 a day on average now

    Only trolls are blocked – but that is because they are not commenting

    Now go and rejoin that club

    *sob*

  17. Diogenes

    You do Murphy a disservice by limiting his expertise to only 2 areas. He is in his mind a true polymath, who only has to study a topic for a few hours to become expert in it.

    He could probably prove a viable nuclear fusion device on the back of a napkin

  18. TMB

    Only trolls are blocked – but that is because they are not commenting

    They are commenting, if only to point out to Humpty that he is a bell-end. Ergo Humpty’s comment policy..

  19. “The municipal drainpipes are scheduled for a cleaning”

    Somehow I don’t think Arnald is involved in anything as socially useful as cleaning drains……………….

  20. “Nile says:
    June 6 2016 at 8:45 am
    Were I known to be reading this and commenting as I do, I would be fired.

    Reply
    Richard Murphy says:
    June 6 2016 at 9:48 am
    Which in itself is deeply worrying

    Thank you for taking the risk”

    Is Nile really Christie Malry then?

  21. Somehow I don’t think Arnald is involved in anything as socially useful as cleaning drains……………….

    I have no doubt you are correct, but I was giving him the benefit of the doubt. I’m charitable like that.

    Plus, given what he leaves here, I can’t imagine him with any other sort of skill set…

  22. Possibly he has something else lined up and will either be blogging less or not at all, obviously not a gov’t gig based on the rhetoric

  23. “Thank you for taking the risk”

    Richie thinks his blog is Samizdat! Does he do covert drops of his blog posts in certain public bins in Ely?

  24. The deeper question is exploring what Murph means by saying”whether blogging in the way that I do it is something that will be possible in the future.”

    I presume he has fears that the Corajus State will do something to discipline blogs where the owner makes frequent posts that are badly-written, badly-researched, inaccurate, contradictory, borderline libellous, and as full of insight as a rhino’s arse.

  25. Having being sued for libel once maybe his wife made an executive decision that it’s a risk no longer worth taking

  26. I read your Forbes column, about infrastructure spending and its utility as an economic stimulant, quoting Krugman, et al. One thing that is amazing to me as I browse reader responses is the apparent low level of reading comprehension among those that post response comments. As you read the comments, you being the author of the column, do you find that you need to remind yourself that well, at least there is the 75k involved. I appreciate your work and fully understand if you need some time away form the idiot farm.

  27. Hats off to the Excellent The Meissen Bison for his fisking of Murphy – exposing his stupidity:

    ‘I am entirely happy with dissent

    But not trolling

    Unfortunately it seems few know how to dissent. It seems argument is an art lost on those who need to use it’

    Idiocy even by his lofty standards – he has blocked more than 600 commenters – all of whom dissent from his position and who are far better informed than him….But here’s the rub

    ‘And yes, promotion of neoliberal dogma is a contravention of the comments policy because this blog is not about celebrating failure but is instead about how to find alternatives to it

    Dammit, even the IMF is doing that now

    Wasting time on failed ideology is trolling as a result’

    So promoting ‘neoliberalism’ is failure, but being so ill-informed as to imagine that 1960s (or earlier) policies that through ignorance he seems to be unaware have tried and failed is a ‘solution’? Delusional doesn’t even come close – the man is a certifiable lunatic, and one of the most dangerous men alive….

  28. I can’t let go of this point. A few months ago we had this coincidence of Murphy complaining bitterly about Christie, how he shouldn’t be allowed to do it etc. And then Christie gets exposed – a coincidence I would emphasise – and the first person to break the news was Murphy – and I emphasie again, a pure coincidence.

    At the time though Murphy was delighted; this person simply shouldn’t be commenting. And he was really very fine with Christie’s employer laying the law down on this.

    But now it seems he is all for the courageous few who defy their employers.

    So I feel quite entitled to point out what a hypocrite he is; what a libellous hypocrite he is.

  29. ‘Now we have senior politicians saying they do not value the opinions of experts. Such comments can lead to other things.’

    I hope that means we will be spared the witless witterings of people like Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Robbie Savage during the Euros. Also, please would Test Match Special consign Tufnell, Vaughan and Swann to the pedal bin of crap punditry and ignorance.

  30. I shouldn’t have done it byut I ventured into Murphyland and found this little gem:

    “Let’s be clear, neoliberalism is hegemonic in our universities. It has suppressed dissent. And it is very clear it has failed.”

    What is he on about? Is he saying that people whose attention he was clamouring for 6 months ago, such as Piketty, Simon Wren-Lewis, and Vicky Chick are tainted by neoliberalism?

    But as always, it is difficult to work out what he is trying to say. If neoliberalism has suppressed dissent, as he states, then how has it failed? Has it not suppressed dissent?

    To which he follows up by claiming that pointing out that his comment policy suppresses dissent ” is not to avoid debate: it is an honest endeavour that I am wholly at liberty to carry out in any way I wish and which you have no right to impede, much as it would seem to be your illiberal desire to do so.” This, despite the fact that TMB would like to debate with him rather than close down the debate. The only one being illiberal and shutting down discussion is, of course, Murph.

    What goes on in that tiny mind of his?

  31. “Reason will become apparent this week” is the key phrase. I think the panel should hold off bashing this Quaker until then. He might be about to become a leaver, have a job working for McDonnell, or an appointment with a doctor where he gets his results from the clinic. We just don’t know.
    Then again, a lot of the time I just don’t know what it is that he’s trying to communicate anyway.

  32. The Meissen Bison

    Ouch! Freedom of speech gets a pounding:

    You really do miss the point and I know that is both deliberate and intentional to waste my time

    There is no way on earth that denying you the right to comment here removes your right of free speech. You can comment at will on what I say wherever you like. Tim Worstall has made a fool of himself for a decade doing just that. But I am under no obligation as a result to provide you with a platform to do so, any more than I need take a phone call from you or allow you into my house so you might harangue me

    So you either have no clue what you are talking about, or cannot debate, or you are wasting my time

    Whichever it is, you’re now back on the trolling list, and for good reason

    Fun while it lasted, though…

  33. The Meissen Bison

    Apologies – “Fun while it lasted” was my conclusion and not meant to be within the blockquote.

  34. “Let’s be clear, neoliberalism is hegemonic in our universities. It has suppressed dissent. And it is very clear it has failed.”

    What the fucking fuck? Neoliberalism hegemonic in UK Universities? Does he truly believe this shit?

  35. Who was doing the haranguing? Did Murph’s reactions use more words than TMB? Who expelled more spittle?

  36. I also am reminded of Alan Partridge: “Wikipedia has made university education all but pointless.”

    Ritchie is fundamentally partridgian in his belief that not studying and not knowing anything about complex subjects is no bar to world-class pontifications on same: indeed to the point of Nobel-level breakthroughs and understandings.

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