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Casablanca for Conservatives - Niall Ferguson plays the victim

Having enjoyed tenure at Harvard University, the London School of Economics, and New York University, and now a steady gig at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, the historian Niall Ferguson now plays the victim. He will soon decamp, he lets us imagine, to “a new kind of university – the University of Austin.”

 If Friedrich Engels were still around, could he endow a chair for Karl Marx?

Still, after reading Ferguson’s announcement, I cannot help but hear Humphrey Bogart’s famous words echoing in my ear: “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, [he] walks into mine...”

James K. Galbraith, a trustee of Economists for Peace and Security, holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.  

Project Syndicate 12 November 2021


Humphrey Bogart’s famous words 


Some people were apparently shocked to learn that gambling was occurring at Rick's Cabaret


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