British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne Wiktor Dabkowski/ZumaPress


伦敦—经济史学家尼尔·弗格森(Niall Ferguson)让我想起已故的牛津历史学家泰勒(A.J.P. Taylor)。尽管泰勒在其历史写作中坚持试图述说真相,但他随时准备出于好意采取春秋笔法。弗格森也是了不起的历史学家——但在进入政治领域时有些狂妄。


弗格森的观点就像是残酷不仁的严格执行者,认为受害者还活着就说明他的方法是可行的。他为英国财政大臣乔治·奥斯本(George Osborne)辩护,说英国经济去年增长了2.6%(是“G-7经济体中表现组好的”),但对奥斯本给经济复苏过程中造成的伤害只字不提。

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