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I subscribed to it from the '80s through 2008. It had excellent coverage of developments all over the world in those days, and editorials were kept separate from news content. It was founded by John Stuart Mill, its first editor, and was Classical English Liberal in its orientation. That is very close to modern conservative views in the USA before the Tea Party, etc.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Oct 27th, 2019 at 10:13:27 PM EST
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About the Economist and its American readership, this old piece (1991) is still quite to the point:

The Economics of the Colonial Cringe: Pseudonomics and the Sneer on the Face of The Economist.

A certain modesty would seem appropriate in The Economist's leaders these days, considering that after 10 years in which the Thatcher government essentially did what the magazine said, Britain has the weakest economy in Europe. (Remind me, again, why we're looking to the British for economic advice.) But the implied message of the leaders often seems to be, "I took a First at Oxford. I'm right."

The cover of anonymity for the magazine's writers is an important part of its omniscient stance, among other reasons because it conceals the extreme youth of much of the staff. "The magazine is written by young people pretending to be old people," says Michael Lewis, the author of "Liar's Poker," who now lives in England. "If American readers got a look at the pimply complexions of their economic gurus, they would cancel their subscriptions in droves."

by Bernard on Mon Oct 28th, 2019 at 09:40:41 PM EST
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