Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Greenspun Gets It

No secret, I'm a big fan of The Economist, but I do think Phil Greenspun has their number:
One of life’s comforts is reading the Economist. The magazine is generally optimistic about the world’s prospects for growth and improvement. An article typically takes the following form:
  1. problem is identified
  2. straightforward solution is offered
  3. discussion of why some countries don’t have the political will to implement the solution
  4. example of one country that behaves rationally
This is comforting because it is then clear that there is a lot of low-hanging fruit. If our politicians could wean themselves from the diet of special interest money, our problems could be quickly and painlessly solved.


dilbert dogbert said...

I think he prefers Philip to Phil, at least he used to.
His photo web site was my first bookmark back when words were still printed on paper.

Ebenezer Scrooge said...

How anybody could be a fan of a magazine that as recently as 2004 considered George W. Bush to be a serious figure is beyond me. Ah, well. Different strokes . . .

(btw, the example of the one country that behaves rationally is usually: "Singapore", the land of floggy happiness.)

Buce said...

Scrooge: coincidence. I just put the Economist free app on my spiffy new Iphone,

Dilbert: he'll always be Phil to me.