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Nah - I haven't seen anyone give you a hard time - beyond calling you cranky which obviously can't be true...  I tend to to see you as specialising in the Socratic method - "I ask the questions around here..."

I'm sure it is very exasperating to have newcomers come in and re-raise issues you thought had been sorted out and settled for good - but in the real world everything is continually being re-invented. All organisations try to initiate newcomers into their history and tradition and culture - and create a back catalogue of founding documents, key milestones, seminal works etc. - i.e. this is where we are coming from and how things are done around here.

However don't forget that newcomers here also have a past, and for all I know The3rdColumn is a world renowned expert on comparative state welfare dependency studies.  Maybe he too has reason to take certain things for granted and chooses to focus on other issues.  It's always very dangerous to personalise any argument for that very reason.

"It's a mystery to me - the game commences, For the usual fee - plus expenses, Confidential information - it's in my diary..."

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Mar 21st, 2008 at 02:30:15 PM EST
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I don't think I've written a substantive diary in the time you've been around here, for various reasons. When I do I'll get a beating.

If he has reasons for taking things for granted he can tell us what they are - we'll generally provide references on demand.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Mar 21st, 2008 at 02:32:53 PM EST
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I think you are correct.

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.
by poemless on Fri Mar 21st, 2008 at 02:35:11 PM EST
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is that The3rdColumn is a woman.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Mar 21st, 2008 at 03:08:36 PM EST
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