Legend has it that somebody was once so impressed with her old amateur blog, Asymmetrical Information, they offered her a job at The Economist, one of the most respected news organs on the planet. She now works at The Atlantic, where she has a massive fan base of super-smart people.
I met her in London in 2005 at a geek dinner I had organized, back when she was doing The Economist gig. She was a most fun and welcome addition. I remember introducing her that evening to Gia Milinovich, another very bright American expat in town. I thought they might get along….
Growing up in Edinburgh in the 1970s and 80s, I eventually left for University in Austin, Texas with a very grim view of Socialism. Though I hadn’t seen it at its worst (we’re talking Scotland here, not East Germany) I’d seen enough of it not to like or trust it. To me it seemed not so much a political system, more like a sad, bitter, venal cultural suicide note.
Even nowadays, if I tried hanging a poster of this cartoon around Edinburgh or Glasgow, I’d still probably get lynched. Which is EXACTLY why I like this cartoon.
Besides that, there’s something rather amusing to me about a beautiful, cultured, sophisticated Washington journalist handing out “Socialism Is Evil” cards at swank, East Coast soirees. Exactly.
[Megan, please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with your shipping address and the details you want on the back of the bizcard, and I’ll send a free box of 100 to you. Thanks!]