Ken Armstrong wrote:
> I've never understood the formula, variously applied, of "brilliant but
> fatally flawed" and would suggest that if you can honestly detect
> brilliance, you should have patience and see, eventually, whether the flaw
> doesn't reside somewhere else.
Examples abound. Read any highly respected Neoclasscical Economist. They
are further from reality than the Delphic Oracle ever was but are
Mid-century literary criticism is filled with brilliant but utterly
boring pursuit of Christ-figures etc.
Also brose on any Conspiracist web page.
And then there is the marvellous comment by Keynes on one of Hayek's
books. My memory is a bit off but this is close to but duller tha
Keynes: "The book demonstrates how beginning with an erroneous premise
and proceedingm with remorseless logic one may end in sheer lunacy."
The University of Chicago Econ Department offers endless examples of