Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman

Nobel laureate. Op-Ed columnist, @nytopinion. Author, “The Return of Depression Economics,” “The Great Unraveling,” “The Age of Diminished Expectations” + more.

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Totally off topic: some readers may know that I'm a 66-yr-old wannabe hipster who discovered indie music late in life. Sometimes I find new bands by checking out who's playing at NYC indie venues. Around 3 yrs ago I discovered Larkin Poe, a sister act 1/

Saw them at Rockwood Music Hall, a tiny venue, and have been following ever since. And now they've been nominated for a Grammy. Guess I wasn't the only one who liked them 2/

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Two notes on some reactions I've been getting to today's column: 1. The title is a play on what people of my parent's generation always used to ask: "Is it good for the Jews?"

2. Amazing how many people think opposing the policies of Israel's current government is anti-Semitic Next thing they'll be saying that opposing Donald Trump is unpatriotic. Oh, wait

This is really interesting, especially in the larger context of the tendency to blame culture, not economics, for the problems of lagging groups in our society 1/

We used to see this mainly about blacks, whose social troubles were attributed to culture and, implicitly, racial inferiority rather than the disappearance of decent jobs in inner cities 2/

Then when we started seeing social collapse in parts of white rural America, people like William Barr blamed "secularists" rather than the disappearance of economic opportunity 3/

I'm not a full economic determinist, but when I hear the word "culture" I reach for my spreadsheet 4/

Will climate denialists succeed in destroying civilization? Their chances keep looking better


So did Trump just betray the Kurds because (a) He has business interests in Turkey (b) Erdogan, being a brutal autocrat, is his kind of guy (c) His boss Vladimir Putin told him to Remarkable that all three stories are perfectly plausible.

Remember: the two main means-tested programs in America are Medicaid and SNAP (food stamps). In each case most beneficiaries are children, elderly, or disabled. The idea that we're handing out billions to lazy bums is false and slanderous.

Susan Collins says she's concerned about deficits, and that's why she's voting for the tax bill. I'm watching my weight, and that's why I'm having a huge piece of pie with ice cream.

Think about what it means that Jimmy Kimmel has evidently done more homework on health than any Republican senator over the past 8 years

Let's be clear: a candidate for president promised to put his opponent in jail if he wins. Everything else is secondary.

I read the news today, oh boy. Shocked at how little there is about the anti-democratic coup in Wisconsin. A once-progressive US state has just been turned into Hungary on the Great Lakes. Where's the wave of outrage?

We are, as pointed out many times, lowest-taxed major advanced nation. Repetition of this lie shows contempt for intelligence of public

This sort of confirms Warren's whole worldview, doesn't? Big Finance, given the choice between treason and a wealth tax, chooses treason

I'm old enough to remember when Presidential Medals of Freedom were given for showing courage and making sacrifices on behalf of the nation and the world. Tiger Woods ... hits golf balls for money