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Which leads one directly to the suspicion that many people who quote them (and many others of the old masters) as authorities have never read any primary sources.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Nov 30th, 2005 at 06:12:44 AM EST
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Suspicion?

People copy reference lists from papers just so it looks like their work is properly referenced. That is a fact.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 30th, 2005 at 06:14:20 AM EST
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Reading primary sources is hard: you have to be a language freak like me, who enjoys reading facsimiles of 18th-century books where the 's' looks like an 'f' and English nouns are capitalized as in German.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 30th, 2005 at 06:15:42 AM EST
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If they'd even read the translated version that'd be fine - it's all I'm going to do.  The problem is that they seem to be several generations deep into regurgitation of selected quotes at this stage.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Nov 30th, 2005 at 06:27:01 AM EST
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Physics is no different than economics in this respect, trust me.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 30th, 2005 at 06:34:20 AM EST
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You do mean selected quote, in the singular, right?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 30th, 2005 at 06:42:45 AM EST
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You may have a point there.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Nov 30th, 2005 at 06:49:14 AM EST
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