Paul Krugman on The Conscience of a Liberal

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman says that now is the time for a "new New Deal." In his recent book, The Conscience of a Liberal, Mr. Krugman says that the US has been on a path of growing social, political, and economic inequality. He explains how he thinks Americans can reverse that trend and create change.


Paul Krugman

Comments [10]

Hal Rosenbaum from Fairfield, CT

I totally agree with Paul Krugman that this country needs another New Deal administration. The country is in shambles, and it is heartbreaking. Greorge W. Bush is the worst possible president we could have. Our government agencies have been vitiated, he plundered the Treasury to give our money to his constituency, and restructlulred taxes and employment law so that the average man and woman are defenseless and impoverished. The funds he is spending for a war that will not help and makes things worse must be ended. This is a time when domestic spending is urgently needed. Our electric grid is inadequate and inhibitining growth and dependable delivery of electricity. Our national highway system just a step from paralyzing the country; pssenger railroads have been starved for capital for maintenance and essential growth,he health of our population is rapidly deteriorating,46 million children have no health insurance. New Orleans is still in shambles, and fortells what will happen if a disaster hits any other city while this administration is in power. Are these enough reasons for a strong government with leaders that love the American people more than themselves to replace this little wimp of a president and his incompetent hacks? My list just scratches the surface of what is wrong and needs fixing. Yes, we need a new heal for the American people, and no politician even suggest that idea.

Oct. 17 2007 11:25 AM
mark brown from or

OMG. I can't believe that I am working nights this week, and missed the original show.

have you guys seen my blog recently?

he's just taken up my cause of a new
"new deal"

I had a bunch of points including "
health care
formalized day care and new parent leaves (from 6 months up)

and new service...

I am anxiously awaiting this segment in 4 minutes...

btw, I posted that entry on 9/30, but have been socializing it for at least 6 months piecemeal

here;s the link:

Oct. 17 2007 04:03 AM
MichaelB from UWS of Manhattan

Demonizing of liberals? Yes! The Republicans/Conservatives have done that. But is Krugman saying that liberals don't demonize Republicans and Democrats???

He just called them "the bad guys."

And are politicians from the right the only side to play fast and loose with facts or to use emotion instead of reason.

That is spurious and dishonest.

BOTH sides of the political spectrum will use expediency to gain their power and both sides have honest and cynical players.

Everything that Krugman says about the right could be said of the left if you pick the right moment in time. And I'm not speaking of ancient history.

Problem is, both sides are just flinging stuff at each other from across the aisle. And Krugman is no more a reasoned, neutral voice than many others.

Oct. 16 2007 01:49 PM
Jeffrey Slott from East Elmhurst

Kucinich has openly championed univeral health care. My goodness, what the hell's the matter with you people?

Oct. 16 2007 01:47 PM
eric fluger from jersey city

why single out medicare and medicaid as the only examples of "socailized medicine" in the USA? employer sponsored health benefits are subsidized.

we have a system of semi-socialized medicine already. the debate is over whether or not to reorganize it into a system of semi-socialized medicine that works better.

Oct. 16 2007 01:45 PM
chestine from NY

do you think there is something in all this to Ike's warning about the military industrial complex 9he was talking about the war industry) but he was talking to us before the dominance of multinationals -

Oct. 16 2007 01:37 PM

So, what IS the matter with Kansas?

Oct. 16 2007 01:35 PM
Trevor from U$A

sorry, left out *without...the third space for civil discourse....

Oct. 16 2007 01:11 PM
Dan Fielding

Gold is at a 27 year high. The dollar continues its decline. What harbingers of a real currency collapse would Krugman say we should be most concerned with?

Oct. 16 2007 01:05 PM
Trevor from U$A

A new New Deal may not be possible until Americans stop endorsing destructive MNCs and free market capitalism in general. I don't know what will create a seachange in the populace, although I fear the only thing will be some terrible repeat of the Crash of '29.

Not happy with economic hegemony, capitalism has taken on new cultural dimensions, evident in the (supposed) popularity of Ayn Rand's fiction (and how fictional it is!), "business" television, and self-promoting celebrity entertainment. People are so indoctrinated with this advertising piffle, its impossible to believe we can go on as a society with the "third space" for civil discourse (that open area outside the work and home for public gathering which the market cannot and will not

There's so little international news coverage done anymore, Americans have no idea what their empire does and what the costs are to sustain our standard of living here. Of course, there are signs of change, resistance and hope everywhere, you just have to look closely.

The Cradle Will Rock.

Oct. 16 2007 01:02 PM

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