Back, for now
Well, the site has been off-line for a while now, obviously. The reason, in short, is that blogger.com decided to do me wrong: some incomprehensible technical glitch kept me from posting for a long time.
For what is worth, Weisbrot did write a response to my criticism, which you can read here. After reading it, and going through a bit of a back-and-forth with him, I started to feel bad about some of what I’d written earlier, because I accused him of bad faith and intellectual dishonesty, and those are very serious charges. After our back and forth, though, I’ve come around to the view that there’s more ignorance than ill intention to his propagandizing: again and again in our mails he kept making arguments that made it clear he’s not familiar with basic facts about the Venezuelan economy that any serious writer on the subject really ought to know about.
But that’s neither here nor there, I suppose.