Atlas Shrugged: The Mocking

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Megan McArdle has been wrong quite a bit this past week. Let's take a look:

On Monday, I said it didn't look likely that Russia would try to grab Georgia proper. Well, that idea is looking somewhat less crazy today[.]


Another way to look at the question is: are we going to allow Russia to reassemble the old Russian empire? At its heart, that's what this is about. ...[...]Russia's imperial ambitions are unlikely to stop at the Georgian border. Also, as far as I know, Georgia controls the only major pipeline to Europe not owned by Russia or Iran--Russian control of Georgia would dramatically increase its negotiating power with the entire European Union....But it's been clear for a long time that Russia's goal is to regain its former imperial borders, effectively if not nominally.

It sure sounds to me that Megan said Russia would try to grab Georgia.
After every bubble, there's generally a sort of an anti-bubble--when analysts start looking for reasons that this is, like, the worst crisis ever. The worries about Alt-A mortgages seem to me to be largely part of this fever."Everything in the future will be exactly like everything that just happened" is what got us into this mess in the first place . . .

Goodness, that's horribly wrong too. Read anyone else, they say Alt-A will be a problem.

Megan says one can't get doping out of sports, so you might as well allow it. Not very smart, and almost certainly wrong. Why couldn't you test and eliminate dopers? It's being done now. Eventually people will learn they can't use drugs to enhance performance, although some will still try. It's like saying you can't have traffic rules because people will break them.

That's just the past week or so. Is she ever right? And is that why her posts on student loans and oil conservation are simply quotations by other, more knowledgeable, people? It certainly helps Megan avoid having to read comments telling her how wrong she is.


Anonymous said...

I hate it when Megan writes about sports. All it does in the minds of some is reinforce the idea that women don't have a clue on the subject.

"you suddenly see a lot fewer world records being broken. Which isn't surprising. We're not genetically any different from the people twenty years before us..."

Where to start? "Which isn't surprising" is not a complete sentence. And yes, we ARE genetically different from people twenty years before us. We have different immunities and things like that. It's called evolution. Look it up, Megan.

"Athletes are crazy competitive. They will do anything to win."

Uh, no they won't. I know a ton of athletes and most of them do draw a line, namely at cheating. You know, another word for doping.

What an idiot. Does she not have *any* shame? Most people have enough humility to refrain from writing about subjects they don't understand.

Susan of Texas said...

Or at least they acknowledge their limitations.

And usually they have something to add to the conversation except "so what?" or "who knows?".

Adam Eli Clem said...

Everytime someone writes 'Alt-A,' Ann Althouse plays with herself.

Susan of Texas said...

Disgusting but funny.

Ann's retreated into her happy place, I think. Her behavior is almost too strange to mock.

Adam Eli Clem said...

I wonder what her power animal would be?

Susan of Texas said...

Raccoon, or maybe magpie.

Adam Eli Clem said...

Well, she will chase anything that's shiny. And alcoholic.

If we bait a bear trap with a silver hip flask...