Even the innocent are lost to this virtual lynch mob

Today in The Australian

Eric Schneiderman, the attorney-general of New York who resigned on Monday just hours after being accused of sexual misconduct, apparently suffers from Portnoy’s Complaint, which Philip Roth defined, on the first page of his novel by that name, as “a disorder in which strongly felt ­altruistic impulses are perpetually warring with extreme sexual longings, often of a perverse ­nature”.

About Henry Ergas

Henry Ergas AO is a columnist for The Australian. From 2009 to 2015 he was Senior Economic Adviser to Deloitte Australia and from 2009 to 2017 was Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the University of Wollongong’s SMART Infrastructure Facility. He joined SMART and Deloitte after working as a consultant economist at NECG, CRA International and Concept Economics. Prior to that, he was an economist at the OECD in Paris from the late 1970s until the early 1990s. At the OECD, he headed the Secretary-General’s Task Force on Structural Adjustment (1984-1987), which concentrated on improving the efficiency of government policies in a wide range of areas, and was subsequently Counsellor for Structural Policy in the Economics Department. He has taught at a range of universities, undertaken a number of government inquiries and served as a Lay Member of the New Zealand High Court. In 2016, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

14 Responses to Even the innocent are lost to this virtual lynch mob

  1. egg_

    extreme sexual longings, often of a perverse ­nature”.

    A perverse sexual arousal script is likely a product of childhood.
    Tough.

  2. This is the prick who used public money to fund eco activists and wage lawfare on oil companies.

  3. The amazing Schneiderman, that is. Not Henry.

    Shades of Weiner grandstanding over BP during the Macondo disaster.

  4. John Constantine

    How many senior labor figures struggle with Altruism?.

  5. Waz

    Nice piece of writing Henry.

  6. The BigBlueCat

    Is “Portnoy’s Complaint” an actual medical diagnosis? I thought it was a book ….

  7. thefrolickingmole

    An enormous number of “good” people are making up for some fairly serious self worth or deviancy issues.

    Speaking with a psychologist who worked in refugee & advocate circles and he was of the opinion most advocates were damaged people seeking some assurance they were “good” by joining various causes.

  8. Paul

    Associated with Bill and Hillarity.
    I wonder if he knows Epstein.

  9. Garry

    I saw the movie about Schniederman. He was played by Toby McQuire. He was a true superhero and will be sadly missed by the citizens of New York!

  10. Chris M

    Portnoy’s Complaint eh? Well I feel a bit sorry for him, he will need to be castrated for his protection of course.

  11. Delta A

    for his protection of course.

    And for the protection of the female population.

  12. Tintarella di Luna

    Speaking with a psychologist who worked in refugee & advocate circles and he was of the opinion most advocates were damaged people seeking some assurance they were “good” by joining various causes.

    Like all the lapsed Catholics at the ABC. They spurned their Catechism and the Ten Commandments and are now seeking redemption via Graeme Richardson’s “whatever it takes”

Comments are closed.