New comments policy from 17 February 2014
- I can do whatever I want to your comment when you post it here.
- I can edit your comment in whatever way I like.
- If I can’t figure out how to edit a comment to my satisfaction I will delete it.
- If you do not comment on this blog, I reserve the right to use your personal details to insert a comment from you that says anything that I might think you could possibly say.
- In these terms and conditions “your comment” includes comments made in accordance with points 1, 2 and 4.
- Despite the fact that I have complete control over what is published under your name on this blog, you retain all liability for your comment.
- This is all actually legally binding stuff. I’m not winging it and hoping that it looks like I know what I’m talking about. I’m a legal expert you know.
- By providing your comment on this blog you jointly and severally accept all legal liability for comments by all other contributors including Murphy Richards.
- I am not legally liable for anything that is published on this site.
- Changes to these terms and conditions will be published on the noticeboard in my den and you agree that all amendments apply even if you are not aware of them.
- All terms and conditions, and subsequent amendment, apply retrospectively from the moment of my birth.
The old comments policy
Comments are welcome on this blog. However, they are moderated with good reason: far too many received are not suitable for publication: due to bad grammar or neoliberal overtones
For a comment to be published I must be satisfied that:
1. It is legal. Remember, being legal is not the same thing as not being illegal, so I am looking for something that is both not illegal and not alegal.
2. It is deferential to me.
3. It includes an argument that validates the readers’ opinions. Bear in mind that I am the first person to read the comment.
4. It appears factually accurate. Unless it concerns me, in which case it just needs to be flattering.
5. The commentator is genuine in their agreement with me.
6. It is not questioning the fundamental tenets on which this blog is based.
This last point is important. Those who wish to argue that I am wrong may do so, but not here. Likewise those promoting neoliberal sophistry may do so, but not here: propagating the delusion that an economy can be accurately modeled using counterfactual propositions about its nature is not something I wish to partake in, and will not allow. In fact an economy works the way that I say it does. Therefore neoliberalism will not be tolerated in any form.
The following are highly likely to be rejected:
1. Comments that abuse me by suggesting I am wrong or less knowledgeable than the commentator
2. Rants which have anything other than neoliberalism, tax avoidance or things I don’t like as their target
3. Repetitive commenting from the same person. By “repetitive commenting” I mean disagreement.
4. Comments that duplicate a theme adequately covered by others. That means covered by others on other blogs anywhere else on the internet. This can be avoided by starting all comments: “I completely agree Murphy, you are the number one political economist ever”. You don’t see that on other blogs.
5. Persistent comments from those promoting libertarian ideals far removed from the political mainstream. Libertarians are always wrong
I would stress: agreement with me is not a condition of a comment being accepted, but disagreement must be reasoned and be offered within the framework of understanding that this blog seeks to promote. That is, it must begin with the axiom that the post is correct and the comment merely seeks clarification.
This policy is necessary to make the comments section on each blog useful, meaningful and enjoyable for readers.
For those who disagree or think this an act of censorship I have one suggestion to make: please go and start a blog of your own.
Free speech is valuable. But not here.
I support it. But not here.
It is what permits you to offer your opinion as readily as I offer mine. But not here.
Nothing requires that I must offer your opinion on my site. To say so is an act of editorial freedom – an issue as important as that of free speech. Translation: you are here to listen to me speak truth to power, but I will use my power to deny you the truth of speech.