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Kleins book is supposedly retarded, full of utter claptrap, faked quotes and general fact errors (famously calling the Cato institute "neoconservative").

Great diary though.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Wed Dec 26th, 2007 at 09:43:51 AM EST
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Kleins book is supposedly retarded

I guess you haven't read it. :-)

Might you have links to reviews or articles that bring out the 'claptrap' you mention? I'd be interested to know how the claims are backed up.

by Loefing on Wed Dec 26th, 2007 at 11:00:29 AM EST
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Only in Swedish, and done by neoliberals and libertarians. The main point was that Klein was lumping them together with Bush, war, big government, corporatism and dragging in Milton Friedman.

Klein distorted quotes and worked in a fundamentally intellectually dishonest way.

Some slides (in Swedish but quotes in English): http://www.timbro.se/pdf/Johan-Norberg-Recension-av-Klein-071217.pdf

There is also video and audio from the seminar held by Timbro (the main Swedish neoliberal think tank), which is both good and entertaining.

Just because the neolibs are wrong about many (or actually most) things, we shouldn't allow dishonest fashionable populist leftism stand unquestioned.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Wed Dec 26th, 2007 at 11:27:44 AM EST
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Kleins book is supposedly retarded, full of utter claptrap, faked quotes and general fact errors (famously calling the Cato institute "neoconservative").

The omnivorous President of the United States is supposedly retarded, full of utter claptrap, faked quotes and general fact errors (famously calling Iran's nuclear program "dangerous.")

One of these statements is supposedly true.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - AnaÔs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Wed Dec 26th, 2007 at 11:30:32 AM EST
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I'd say they both are.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Wed Dec 26th, 2007 at 11:32:02 AM EST
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But you haven't read the book.

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Dec 26th, 2007 at 03:10:22 PM EST
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Nope. Only watched the one hour video review.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Thu Dec 27th, 2007 at 03:09:27 AM EST
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I have no knowledge of the details of Klein's book, but I still have to ask you:

You have of course, rigorously researched and documented the track record of misinformation, statistical manipulation and general lack of respect for honest inquiry that Timbro (and particularly Norberg) is renowned for?

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Thu Dec 27th, 2007 at 11:19:33 AM EST
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I am quite aware of Norbergs mishandling of statistics in his book In defence of world capitalism, but mostly this seemed to be not due to dishonesty but due to a mix of ineptitude and being based on data which later was revised. (Reading that book, and Nozicks Anarchy, State, Utopia made me a neoliberal, until I got to my senses a few years later)

Still, the things brought forth in that review shows that Klein is at least ten times worse than Timbro/Norberg.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Fri Dec 28th, 2007 at 03:37:52 AM EST
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