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I’ve been an Economist subscriber for many many years, but might just let it lapse next time it runs out. The editorial line has become a deadening drumbeat of more-austerity-is-better and bankers-are-just-fine-and-deserve-those-bonuses. Their blogs remain excellent; maybe whoever’s imposing the Party Line isn’t paying attention?
France desperately needs reform .. .neighbours have been undergoing genuine reforms … deep anti-business attitude … proposing not to reform at all … refusal to countenance structural reform of any sor...
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I'm not so sure. This week's editorial cartoon is critical of too much austerity.
Well, what's the alternative? Can't see anything remotely close in the US that provides similar overview of what's going on around the world.

The Atlantic is not bad, but has very different density of information and scope of coverage.
I think that falls into same category as whether you don't vote for a politician if you like all but one policy. The Economist is clearly very conservative in terms of economic policy stance and its more front and center right now as European macroeconomics is a big concern.
At least they are pretty upfront about their biases, so I can just ignore them when they go all 1% on us. the problem is that there is no alternative I can find that provides global news coverage. Time and Newsweek are barely up to lining bird cages.
It's also important to differentiate the leaders section from the rest of the rag. The leaders and named columns are editorials, while the rest is more run of the mill (and generally top-notch) reporting.

But yes, the column in question does seem to be a little out of sync with some of the blogger commentary on the site.
It took you a long time +Tim Bray - this shows the power of habits and the conditioning that results from that.
In this week's issue the only praise they have for Hollande in France is that he would break the "austerity only" approach Germany has been pushing. They don't think he's proposing a workable alternative, but they do recognize that austerity is becoming harmful.
+Tim Bray I agree, and in fact I think the Economist has had a bad crisis - ever since continuing to say everything's alright right through 2007 and much of 2008. OTOH the Financial Times (same stable) has been useful reading all the way through.
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