1) I expressed a view at Michael Pettis blog that China has, in fact bottomed out, when he wrote his essay on “Hooray! China has bottomed out” (which was a sarcastic title). Immediately, I was banned from the Michael Pettis blog! I didn’t even realize it for some time, but his website just wouldn’t load on my system. I thought this was because of some temporary problem with his site. Then one day I tried loading his site from other systems and it was perfectly accessible.And note that I hardly made 2-3 comments in all at Pettis’ and none of them had anything with good or bad manners.
2) At Paul Krugman’s blog on the New York Times web site, I pointed out that nationalizing US banks can make unfriendly foreign governments nationalize the overseas subsidiaries of those banks. Prior to making this comment, my comments - again, very few - would appear as ” awaiting moderation” by default. Some of them would later get approved and published or not; but all of them on my upload would appear as "awaiting moderation". After I uploaded this view on bank nationalization, I no longer see my uploaded comments pending moderation at Krugman’s New York Times blog.
Both of these illustrate to me that I’m touching on topics that are perhaps too sensitive. Pettis probably has an agenda to propagandize against the Chinese exchanges rising, and Krugman to demand nationalization of banks. Though I’m just an individual investor my views were too controversial to be allowed on those sites.
In Setser’s case it appears to me that the objection is from the Council on Foreign Relations mandarins, and less from Setser; though again I could be wrong.
In any case, one thing I’m very sure of is that my particular IP has been pinpointed and banned by Pettis.
Update: I've edited this post to reflect that Paul Krugman writes for the New York Times, so the newspaper might be exercising at least as much control over content at his blog as he does. This insight is based on the comment below.
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