What joy! The visitor figures for this blog - which I haven't posted anything to for years and had forgotten about, in fact - have spiked upwards. How can this be? A sudden burst of enthusiasm for the more obsure and less-publicised bits of Adam Smith's writings?
No - far from it!
There is a 'journalist' (I think 'teenage scribbler' was the phrase Nigel Lawson used) who has a blog on one of the UK's broadsheet newspapers. He uses it to disseminate his own particular brand of mendacity, distortions and even untruths about global warming, climate change, etc, etc. He makes a habit of being 'aggressive and provocative', someone said - puerile and rude is more accurate.
He has got himself a little gaggle of fanboys, who hang on his every word like lovestruck teenagers with their first homerotic crush on a wimpy teacher. Do they debate? Heck, no - anyone who suggests anything that dissents from their rather peculiar view of the world by so much as a nanometre becomes the subject of the sort of slagging-off one associates with a bunch of dirty-minded 5th formers after their first encounter with cider.
Anyway, as Corporal Jones said, 'they don't like it up 'em'. I gave up the idea of actually seeking to engage in meaningful debate with the potty-mouthed puppies and tried a bit of their own medicine on them. Strangely, they all seemed to melt away. This could be for a variety of reasons, some of which we maybe shouldn't go into.
But the sun came up this morning and out the little mole rats came, with their courage doubtless reinforced by their mutual-aid (or mental masturbation) society. Having had several hours to consider their responses and maybe come up with some co-ordinated cutting-edge put-downs, they manged to...revert to their potty-mouthed, limited imagination personas.
But they have been busy nonetheless and one of them found this site!
How kind of them to remind me, how kind to visit. I haven't posted anything for two years because I have, of course, been busy. Interacting with other real people in the real world, mostly.
Now that they have publicised this, I expect a dramatic rise in visitor numbers. Indeed, I look forward to it!