Monday, April 13, 2009

Paul Krugman's cognitive dissonance on the tea parties

What Paul Krugman thinks, most liberals think.

Krugman in quotes with the underlying meaning of his words following.

"But here’s the thing: the G.O.P. looked as crazy 10 or 15 years ago as it does now. That didn’t stop Republicans from taking control of both Congress and the White House. And they could return to power if the Democrats stumble."Interpretation: conservatives are not as smart as liberals and they only win office by force, corruption and fooling the people, not principles or the actual vote of a free people

"Last but not least: it turns out that the tea parties don’t represent a spontaneous outpouring of public sentiment. They’re AstroTurf (fake grass roots) events, manufactured by the usual suspects."Interpretation: only liberal ideas can create grass roots involvement, there is no possible way conservative ideas can possibly garner grass roots support.

"In particular, a key role is being played by FreedomWorks, an organization run by Richard Armey, the former House majority leader, and supported by the usual group of right-wing billionaires. And the parties are, of course, being promoted heavily by Fox News."Interpretation: it's a vast right-wing conspiracy. what else could possible explain this.

"But that’s nothing new, and AstroTurf has worked well for Republicans in the past. The most notable example was the “spontaneous” riot back in 2000 — actually orchestrated by G.O.P. strategists — that shut down the presidential vote recount in Florida’s Miami-Dade County."Interpretation: there is no way the people would have voted for Bush in 2000, so they had to steal the election.

"So what’s the implication of the fact that Republicans are refusing to grow up, the fact that they are still behaving the same way they did when history seemed to be on their side? I’d say that it’s good for Democrats, at least in the short run — but it’s bad for the country."Interpretation: conservative thinking is wrong so they have to grow up and be as smart as us liberals are, since I am incapable of growing up and seeing reality, I will say it's not me that needs to grow up its them.

"For now, the Obama administration gains a substantial advantage from the fact that it has no credible opposition, especially on economic policy, where the Republicans seem particularly clueless."Interpretation: all conservative economic principles are wrong, which means free market capitalism is wrong, which means socialism is wright to Mr. Krugman.

"But as I said, the G.O.P. remains one of America’s great parties, and events could still put that party back in power. We can only hope that Republicans have moved on by the time that happens. " Interpretation: it seems as if Mr. Krugman is the one who needs to move on and grow up cognitively. He arrogantly is saying that maybe the conservatives will learn the truth. His projection of his own neurosis on the GOP shows his fear of looking at self. How condescendingly sad his words are.


  1. I have mixed feelings about Krugman.

    On the one hand, I watched a video on YouTube a week ago where he states that Keynes "General Theory" is, in fact, a more substantial and enlightening book on economics than Smith's "Wealth of Nations."

    On the other hand, he recently came out with a report in Time where he criticizes Pres. Obama's "strategic" economic plan, albeit not very emphatically.

    He seems to be a little too left for my tastes, however.

  2. It's good to see America's white middle-upper class standing up for themselves, after being pushed around for so long...