A reader reports his firm has blocked Internet access to BaselineScenario.com, and his requests to change this policy have so far gone unheeded.
Access to our site has been blocked in the past by China – for reasons that should be obvious (if you want to pretend there is no global crisis). But what kind of firm would not want its employees to access our macroeconomic analysis, Financial Crisis for Beginners, or your continuing debate about how to handle the world’s myriad financial sector problems?
No doubt there is a simple and reasonable explanation that has nothing to do with our views on banks, their executives, and the political power of the financial sector. And it must be pure coincidence that Morgan Stanley was mentioned in a less than completely positive light during my February interview with Bill Moyers.
Other websites and blogs are routinely blocked by Morgan Stanley, and it surely makes sense for any firm to be careful about what its employees can look at during working hours or over the corporate network. Still, here are the categories of sites that the firm explicitly blocks – which one includes us (or your comments)?
Freeware and Software Download
Illegal or Questionable
Instant Messaging Internet Communication
Malicious Web Sites
Military & Extremist
Peer-to-Peer File Sharing
Personal Network Storage and Backup
Personals and Dating
Phishing & Other Frauds
Racism & Hate
Social Networking and Personal Sites
URL Translation Sites
Update: This is James. In the interests of fairness to Morgan Stanley . . . There is one comment below from a Morgan Stanley employee who says that access to this blog is intermittent. There is also another comment from an MS employee on Seeking Alpha’s rebroadcast of this post saying that he or she can read the site. So it’s not clear if the blocking is according to policy or is some sort of IT glitch.