Priyamvada Gopal, who previously brought the heat to Niall Ferguson, has a new piece up on Guardian’s blog, The story peddled by imperial apologists is a poisonous fairytale. No punches pulled. She calls Ferguson a “neoconservative ideologue” driven by “the messianic fantasies of the American right”. Now, I happen to agree with much of Gopal’s criticism but I have to insist that such is not the way to engage in a debate about empire – a much needed debate, I might add. Ferguson is not a neocon and he is not driven by messianic fantasies. Whatever else may be wrong with him [and a search on CM alone will point you in the right direction]. So anyways, go read her.