Paul Krugman

Post-sc Roundup
January 27, 2008

EMK for Obama. (But KKT and co. for Hillary.) Did Barack subtly invoke Malcolm X in South Carolina?  Hillary reminds people that Bill saved affirmative action. That's the first time I've heard her say that. Was the Clinton economic boom bad for blacks? Kaus doesn't buy it. I'm hearing from resentful Clintonites (not paid campaign staff) who think the media is totally piling on her.  Paul Krugman may think Obama is running to Hillary's right, but he beat her among "very liberal" SC voters 59-31. (Update: Just a function of race?

The Krugman-obama Grudge Match Continues
December 24, 2007

Paul Krugman lays into Barack Obama this morning for Obama's criticisms of some labor 527s  supporting John Edwards: Mr. Obama has lashed out at Mr. Edwards because two 527s — independent groups that are allowed to support candidates, but are legally forbidden from coordinating directly with their campaigns — are running ads on his rival’s behalf. They are, Mr.

Obama's Strategic Bipartisanship
December 21, 2007

Mark Schmitt has a terrific piece up today (joining Jonathan Alter's from earlier in the week) responding to Paul Krugman's "Obama-is-na

Fight! Fight! Fight!
November 09, 2007

Michelle notes, below, that David Brooks devotes his entire New York Times column today to refuting an argument made by Paul Krugman without mentioning that it's Krugman he's refuting. Usually, it's Krugman doing this to Brooks. Indeed, spotting these swipes is one of the most fun things about the Times op-ed page. For instance, in his column last Monday, Krugman wrote as an aside, So much, by the way, for pundits who claim that Americans don’t care about economic inequality.  What pundits?

Conservatives On Krugman

If, like me, you're not a regular reader of the New York Sun, you might have missed Edward Glaeser's review yesterday of Paul Krugman's new book, Conscience of a Liberal, which Glaeser describes as "a sweeping political history of the past 135 years from a stridently liberal Democratic viewpoint." Glaeser argues that Krugman: advances his viewpoint not by misstating facts but by omitting those parts of the past that make history messier.

Today's Tnr Review Of Columnists
June 15, 2007

Reihan notes that Paul Krugman and David Brooks have both, eerily, written columns on the topic of height today. I'd add that, if this was an accident, it's something they should do more often. It's like a writing exercise where two writers get the same topic and do it any way they can. Both columnists are at their best. Krugman gives a very smart, logical, and detailed analysis of an issue I knew nothing about before. Brooks offers up some very funny and endearing comic-sociological observations.

British Success
December 25, 2006

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting piece detailing the anti-poverty efforts of Tony Blair's government. Using a combination of tax credits and government-run child care, Britain has seen it's child poverty rate fall precipitously:   The proportion of British children living in poverty fell to 11 percent in the year ended March 2005 from 24 percent in the year ended March 1998, according to one official definition used by the U.K. government. That definition adjusts the poverty line each year for inflation. The U.S.

He Meant What He Said
February 02, 2004

I. Adolf Hitler's so-called second book was not published in his lifetime. Written, as Gerhard Weinberg convincingly speculates, in late June and early July 1928, the book’s publication was postponed because Mein Kampf, Hitler's first massive text, was selling very badly and could hardly stand competition with another publication by the same author. Later, after Hitler was appointed chancellor and Mein Kampf became one of the greatest (and allegedly most unread) best-sellers of all times, the second book was apparently seen as disclosing his foreign policy plans too explicitly to allow publica

White Lie
April 21, 2003

Who's next? As Saddam Hussein's regime crumbled this week, that was the question being asked by commentators across the globe. And, when Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld took to his podium to declare that the United States would hold Syria "accountable" for its weapons shipments to Iraq—a charge backed up by Secretary of State Colin Powell—it seemed the Bush team had finally provided the answer.

Less Than Zero
September 09, 2002

It's not every day that first-rate economists such as Paul Krugman and Berkeley Professor Brad DeLong offer the same economic advice as a knee- jerk Wall Street booster like Robert Novak. But that's pretty much what happened earlier this month, when all three men criticized Alan Greenspan for failing to lower interest rates amid mounting deflationary pressure.