If I gave into my urge to cite every parallel between the experience of fighting for THR and Paul Krugman’s fights to get us out of the economics depression — against hoards of powerful and fact-averse opponents who become even more intent on doing the same thing when their policies prove to be failure — I would have no time for anything else. Somehow (due to today’s experiences in CASAA-land which I will spare you the details of) I could not resist just one from today (source):
Look, the debate over economic policy in these terrible times is (a) hugely important (b) the subject of a large amount of hard work, both theoretical and empirical. If you want to barge into this debate expressing views based on some combination of your personal prejudices, what you think you remember about the 1970s, and what you presume must be the motives of other people, that is of course your right; but you don’t have the right to act surprised and affronted if people who have been doing their homework respond both by mocking your ignorance and by lamenting your unhelpfulness.
I guess it struck me as remarkable that you only have to change “economic” to “tobacco”. Even the reference to what people think they remember from the 1970s carries across.