Monday, July 31, 2006

[living] blogger of the day - tim worstall

Being new to the blogosphere and with the naive arrogance only upstarts can display, I ambitiously embarked on a ‘blogger-of-the-day’ corner, little realizing the impossibility of encapsulating, in half a page, the public life of a known figure.

And yet, looking back, I stand by the decision.

Looking at the spread of visits to my own site, it seems reasonable to suggest that there might be some in other countries who are still not familiar with the blogger-of-the-day and I think they should be. So, in my own small way, I hope it contributes.
Today’s victim is Tim Worstall.
Says Theodore Gray: Tim Worstall is an interesting character: A Englishman living in Portugal who deals in scandium metal and scandium oxide. He doesn't just deal in them, he does most of the dealing in them (60% or so) that is done worldwide. Oddly, I don't have any pure scandium from him, but rather a couple of rare earths he happened to have on the side. You can contact him through www.timworstall.com: If you're an industrial user or producer of scandium and you need someone to broker your scandium oxide transactions, see Tim.

Is this the same Tim Worstall? I thought he was an economics blogger.

Tim Worstall vs. Greenpeace. One of our favorite bloggers takes on Greenpeace, and it isn't pretty.

Environmental blogger.

Blogbuster: Tim Worstall's entertaining new anthology of web writers, 2005 - Blogged, puts the best into a book, says Rafael Behr [Sunday December 4, 2005 The Observer]. On paper it’s a terrible idea: let every have-a-go writer on the planet publish whatever they fancy and give it all away free. No editors, no agents, no fees, no quality control. But a new generation of diarists, satirists, polemicists and poets have made the idea work, precisely because they dispensed with paper. They are bloggers, their medium is the internet and there are around 19 million of them worldwide; 300,000 or so in the UK.

Er – 19 million? What have I got myself into? To delve further:

Rafael Behr continues: Worstall is an expat businessman based in Portugal. He is also a prolific blogger, with a libertarian bent, who is on a self-appointed mission to eviscerate every newspaper article that he judges guilty of economic illiteracy. He is not, however, exclusively hostile to old media, nor immune to the charms of ink on paper. He must be at least ambivalent about olde worlde recognition or he would not have published anything so Luddite as a book. But therein lies a contradiction in much political blogging: it rather depends on the very thing it likes ostentatiously to scorn.

Curiouser and curiouser.

"That rare commodity: knows economics and can write" - The Observer Blog

Yes, I'd heard this.

A blog interested in the interface between economics and environmentalism. Other matters are also discussed.

That’s more or less what was expected. Now to his site:

We actually want to abolish the taxation of retained profits altogether. This is, after all, what a company uses to reinvest. Tax dividends as income, fine, tax capital gains (although more on that later) but retained profits? Shouldn’t be taxed at all. Actually, there’s interesting evidence that even corporation tax, at least in part, is actually paid by the workers in the form of lower wages.

Yes, well that’s more or less what was expected of him as well.

There is no unique, absolute, scientific cut-off threshold available to decide whether any product is safe or not. If we are to hold the world to the standard being demanded here we would never have anything new ever again. In fact, we would have to go back through the stock of what we already consume and we’d probably have to excise potatoes, tomatoes, nuts (people die every year from nut allergies), rhubarb (not a great tragedy, I agree), possibly coffee.....
Potatoes [not even spelt in the Quaylian manner]?

I sit back and scratch my balding pate and think of this man whom I e-mailed about different pesky little blogging questions of concern, which he answered immediately, repeatedly and helpfully.

Tim Worstall. Blogger and scandium dealer.

1 comment:

Devil's Kitchen said...

Don't forget "very nice guy" who put me up for a week in Portugal when I was feeling the need to get away from the hurly burly of modern life...

DK