The author has been described by News Ltd as an "iconoclast", "Svengali", a pollie's "economist muse", and "pungently accurate". Fairfax says he is a "Renaissance man" and "one of Australia’s most respected analysts." Stephen Koukoulas concludes that he is "85% right", and "would make a great Opposition leader." Terry McCrann claims the author thinks "‘nuance’ is a trendy village in the south of France", but can be "scintillating" when he thinks "clearly". The ACTU reckons he’s "an enigma wrapped in a Bloomberg terminal, wrapped in some apparently well-honed abs."

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Nicholas Gruen swings and misses on Niall Ferguson

I find Nicholas's attempted critique of Niall Ferguson's Oz op-ed most unpersuasive (and not simply because NF references me). I thought the op-ed was outstanding, and there are easy counterpoints to all the issues NG raises, which perhaps the good folks at Catallaxy or Institutional Economics could take up (I have just landed in from LA and I'm on the fly)...