November 25, 2003

#135: A good column to skip...

P. Krugman
KRUGMAN TRUTH SQUAD

Paul Krugman's The Uncivil War (11/25/03) is a waste of time and a good column to skip. However, if you must read it, start with the last paragraph in which he finally gets to the point.

"And even aside from the double standard, how important is civility? I'm all for good manners, but this isn't a dinner party. The opposing sides in our national debate are far apart on fundamental issues, from fiscal and environmental policies to national security and civil liberties. It's the duty of pundits and politicians to make those differences clear, not to play them down for fear that someone will be offended."
We agree. So what's Krugman's problem? Why the whining about being demonized and called unpatriotic? The likely Democratic presidential nominee will be from the anti-war left and probably a trade protectionist to boot. President Bush will go after him with all the guns $200 million can buy blazing away.

Fasten your seat belt PK, you're in for a bumpy ride!

[The Truth Squad is a group of economists who have long marveled at the writings of Paul Krugman. The Squad Reports are synopses of their discussions. ]

* Update: Krug's wandered onto Cori Dauber's turf:

I generally avoid dealing with Krugman because, hey, why bother -- it's a crowded market. But today I have no choice -- he makes a play at my trade, rhetorical criticism. ...

...Some texts need Fisking, when they do indeed use metaphor, analogy, etc, to suggestively imply something in a deniable way. But Krugman, let's just say, should really stick to economics. Here's his take on the new RNC ad defending the president:

"The ad was clearly intended to insinuate once again -- without saying anything falsifiable -- that there was a link between Iraq and 9/11."

Seriously, dude, leave the driving to professionals.

Posted by John Weidner at November 25, 2003 10:10 AM
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