Today I canceled my decade-long subscription to THE ECONOMIST. In 2010, I began to notice strong currents of rightwing propaganda surfacing in your reporting. What had once been a stately journal of wonkish analysis was now resembling a print form of Fox News.
By 2012, the stench was so strong that I seriously considered canceling my two-year auto-renewal. But I kept my subscription going, trying to appreciate the many good things that I still enjoyed about your magazine.
Two years on, I now find that the good is so heavily outweighed by the bad that there is no point in continuing.
THE ECONOMIST has become a rightwing tabloid celebrating an ideology of race-to-the-bottom global corporate neofeudalism and the virulent deregulation and anti-environmentalism that accompanies it.
I agree with THE GUARDIAN’s critique of your magazine:
“[I]ts writers rarely see a political or economic problem that cannot be solved by the trusted three-card trick of privatisation, deregulation and liberalisation.”
The latest issue (March 1 – 7) is thoroughly disgusting, with scathing corporatist critiques of democracy, environmentalism, and Obamacare. You even went out of your way to pepper a Books & Arts article on the ancient origins of austerity with a gratuitously anti-environmentalist screed.
Several times I have written rebuttals to your poor journalism, rebutting both the print and web editions, as well as some of your social media postings on Facebook. But there is never a response, nor are there any noticeable changes in the magazine’s tone. Other longtime readers have written similar criticisms. But the reader feedback goes down a black hole, and it seems that you really don’t care what your readers think of your work.
With no course correction apparent, I have finally decided that enough is enough.
¡Hasta la vista, Economista!