31 May 2014

Spitznagel Snaps

Austrian School, Humor 17 Comments

Whoa, when he’s not taking calls from Dan Aykroyd, Eric Spitznagel goes off on people on Twitter. To get my Austrian fan base to read Eric’s NYT piece, I tweeted out:

Murphy on Eric

This amused Eric (I’m using first names not because we’re buds, but because I don’t want you to confuse him with Mark the investor) such that he issued forth a string of comparable tweets, such as:


You won’t believe what happened next!

17 Responses to “Spitznagel Snaps”

  1. Tel says:

    I thought that the elves and dwarves did a pretty good job of working together against a common enemy. Admittedly, I’m not a LOTR ubergeek, maybe someone else can explain the details.

    • Bob Murphy says:

      I can’t tell if you’re just playing along, Tel, but Eric’s point is that my “summary” of his NYT piece is ridiculous. But, duh, of course it was. I was trying to get people to read it, not give a book report to my 5th grade teacher.

  2. Sealander says:

    Bob, no need to take screenshots:

  3. Andrew' says:

    Shouldn’t he be lobbying for more monetary intervention?

  4. Andrew' says:

    Frodo: “There is the ring I promised you!”

  5. Tom Woods says:

    Wow, what a jerk. He evidently doesn’t understand Twitter, humor, manners, how to interact with others, etc.

    • Transformer says:

      Never heard of either Eric Spitznagel or his brother before yesterday, but subsequently looked them up on Google.

      Eric seems a pretty talented and witty journalist, and his twitter response an amusing, slightly edgy but not (totally) dis-respectful response to Bob’s post.

      I’m not sure why you are calling him a jerk. I am pretty sure that his responses show he actually does get twitter, humor etc. His published interviews indicate he can definitely interact with others.


      • skylien says:

        I think you are right Transformer.

  6. Andrew' says:

    Am I missing something?

    2014 was the precise year I stopped knowing what technology products do.

    But it seems like he was playing along. Is there some Twitter faux pas I’m not catching?

    • Andrew' says:

      Or maybe I’m being trolled and falling victim to one of those Laws of the internet invented to explain the inevitable de-evolution of discourse provided by advances of technology.

  7. Eric Spitznagel says:

    Your retort was pretty awesome.

  8. Gene Callahan says:

    I just baked some delicious spitznagel snaps!

  9. Marc says:

    I think it is Tom Woods who evidently doesn’t understand Twitter, humor, manners, how to interact with others, etc.

  10. Yancey Ward says:

    I like edgy humor (the tweets were simply hilarious) , but let’s be honest here- E. Spitznagel resents his brother’s success, and that comes through loud and clear not only via the essay’s contents, but the very fact that it was written in the first place.

  11. William Coffin says:

    So I came across your tweet and I looked into both of you. I read several articles and, as a completely neutral party who has never read anything by either of you before, here’s my final take: Eric is a very funny, warm heated guy. He’s the type of guy I’d like to have a beer with and hang out. Mr. Murphy is the type of guy who irons and perfectly folds his underwear before putting them away.

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