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I thought his article was OK (I read it before the fuss blew up). I remember thinking I had never seen the double restaurant bill, but the rest of it seemed right, except that I wished he had distinguished between "personal" and "official" trust, and that I thought the former if not the latter seemed high in Quebec. (You can rely on individual people to help if you need it.)

But I agree with you "...there didn't seem a lot to be excited about, one way or the other". And I can think of a lot more controversial things for an academic to have written, and God help us if we extrapolate out from the reaction to Andrew Potter's piece.

We still don't really know to what extent he jumped or was pushed, however. But if he was pushed, he shouldn't have been, even if it was from a directorship position. Directors of university institutions, like department chairs, are supposed to be academics with views on their subject matter and not just bureaucrats.

I think I met him briefly about 10 years ago, IIRC.

I get unofficial positive responses to my blogging from Carleton's administration. But money/macro is "controversial" in a very different sense. And I tread carefully or steer around some topics. The whole Potter affair does increase my growing disenchantment with universities.

Oh, and as someone else said, the reaction to his article seems to support the thesis of the article.

"the best ones are those who can hit for the average. "

Wouldn't those be the average ones?

I recall Andrew Coyne writing something to the effect that even if the article had been 100% accurate the reaction probably would have been the same. I think he's probably right.

I've been in a few taxis in Quebec City (recently, not before payment cards became widespread) and noticed they only accepted cash. I didn't realize why this might be until I read the Potter article. I'm not sure how representative my experience was though. And it could just be because they are trying to keep the price down.

Bizarre that the taxis I take have a credit card machine...

Somewhat related, Jeffery Beall told The New Yorker that the reason he discontinued his blog was pressure from his university: http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/paging-dr-fraud-the-fake-publishers-that-are-ruining-science
I think he has hit the nail on the head when it comes to this stuff: “Universities don’t like negative things; they like happy, smiling people …”

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