We don't do jackboots in Ireland; we do lawsuits instead. The outcome, at least in the initial stages, is still the same: the suppression of dissent. Yesterday, The Irish Economy blog deleted a post referring to a story by UCD economist Morgan Kelly in the Irish Times 'on legal advice'.
Even the Irish Times' Business Blog was moved to comment on the deletion, suggesting that it was time to Stand Up for Your Right to Be An Economist - with unfavourable comparisons to Latvia. They lean more towards the jackboot end of the spectrum there it seems.
On the one hand this is an extremely trivial affair (who cares about another post on another blog and all that navel gazing?); on the other, the incident strikes at the heart of academic freedom (as it is mainly academic economists who contribute to the blog). Ireland is still one of the freest countries in the world: but in these turbulent times it is even more incumbent on all of us who love freedom (Right and Left) to be ever more vigilant against the dissent-suppressing powers of the state and its acolytes.
Before it goes any further.