My comment deleted for "rudeness"? I wondered how many people on the thread even cared what Ezra Klein was arguing, because rather than discussing it many were just recycling really bad libertarian blogosphere memes (this was after making a few substantive points myself). So two accusations (not concerned with Klein's arguments, and recycled memes), zero insults (unless someone at Econlib wants to correct the record).
The comment accusing Ezra Klein of being economically illiterate and a political hack?
No, that one was not accused of rudeness. Nope.
So calling someone a political hack: not rude.
Saying the thread wasn't substantive: rude.
It really amazes me how so much of the blogosphere is simultaneously fueled by insults and hypersensitivity.
This is not typcial of Econlib, I should add. And on Econlib it's the least typical of David Henderson's posts and threads (Arnold is the one that's regularly on the attack). But the sort of coexistence of this coarseness and hypersensitivity still manages to leak in. Blogging is a strange phenomenon (yes, I know Facts and Other Stubborn Things has sprung a bazillion such leaks - we're not special).
Anyway - I take blog civility seriously, which is part of the reason why I find this funny. I don't think I insult people (if I have insulted you, raise it with me and I'm happy to make a public apology). But if I think you're making a low quality argument I'm not going to prance around the fact that you're making a low quality argument.
And there were several low quality arguments on that particular thread.