November 11, 2005

Krugman without the pay firewall.

Nah, we're not going to post Paul Krugman's new NY Times column on Dubya's pathetic Social Security prescrption program. [You'll have to go here to read the bootleg.]

What we have instead is this link to an interview that Campus Progress did with Krugman earlier this week, and the excerpts below. Not such a bad deal, we'd suggest.

[CP:] What prompted you to write your November 4th column 'Defending Imperial Nudity'? We were passing it around the office and couldn't decide whether to laugh or cry — especially when we got to the end.

[Krugman:] We finally reached a point where a lot of people are starting to acknowledge the obvious, which is that we were deliberately hyped into war, and a lot of defenses are coming up. People are still trying to pretend that nothing happened and it all made sense, and I felt that it was time to find a way to play how ridiculous that is.

[CP:] I get the feeling that we're living in a really good political satire.

[Krugman:] Yeah, or a really tawdry political novel. If you tried to make this stuff up, nobody would dare — they'd say that it's ridiculous.....

[CP:]You mentioned watching the indictments coming in. Some of us might want to believe that this is a dissolution of Karl Rove's dream of a permanent Republican majority — what will be the long-term effects of what we see happening?

[Krugman:] I think the Roveian dream of a permanent majority is dying rapidly, but it's not just because of the indictments. There are other things. The defeat of TABOR [Taxpayer Bill of Rights] in Colorado, which shows that "starve the beast" isn?t going to work. We are seeing — let's put it this way: on the war and all the things that surround it, we've really seen a tectonic shift here. You watch apologists for the war, not so much the people who were thrilled to go to war, the people who are still saying, "Well, everybody thought they had weapons, I don't want to sound like Michael Moore," and they woke up one morning and saw that a happy majority of people believe we've been misled into war. I think that changes everything.

[CP:] It seems we went through a dark period and we?re not out of the woods, but you do see some bright spots ahead.

[Krugman:]There's a long way back from this very bad place we?ve gone into, but when I compare the political atmosphere now with the way it was two and a half years ago, it seems that there's been a major return to sanity.

Thanks to Suburban Guerrilla for pointing us to the interview.

Posted by Magpie at November 11, 2005 03:31 PM | US Politics | Technorati links |