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Krugman's War On Liberty

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The liberal economist, Paul Krugman, has seen fit to advise the president elect on how to solve all the country's ills in the latest edition of the Rolling Stone magazine. The article is entitled "What Obama Must Do - A Letter To The New President". As of this writing it was not available online.

I will leave it to the trained economists to debunk all the economic fallacies Mr. Krugman puts forward in this article. My goal here is to focus on his contradictory views of war.

Many on the left are holding up President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's (FDR) New Deal as a guide for Mr. Obama. Mr. Krugman is no exception. He clings to the fallacy that FDR got us out of the Great Depression. While acknowledging that the New Deal didn't end the Depression (he thinks it wasn't aggressive enough) Mr. Krugman states in the article that "It took the giant public works project known as World War II - a project that finally silenced the penny pinchers - to bring the Depression to an end." The idea that WW II ended the Depression or that military spending can bring prosperity is easily debunked. (See here.) Why, Mr. Krugman, strangely, provides us with an excellent example on the next page. He writes, "It's possible that reviving the economy might cost as much as a trillion dollars over the course of your first term. But the Bush administration wasted at least twice as much on an unnecessary war." Let me get this straight, Mr. Bush spending of more than two trillion dollars failed to keep us out of the recession, but Mr. Obama spending less than half as much will get us out?!?! Mr. Krugman contradicts himself, tripping over his own feet as he engages in nothing but naked partisan propaganda.

As if that weren't bad enough Mr. Krugman seems to be endorsing war, or at least preparation for war, as a means of keeping the economy growing. True, he nowhere explicitly states this, but notice that he has not taken care to clearly state his opposition to war as economic policy while claiming that WW II got us out of the Depression. That is an implicit endorsement of the war economy. The immorality of killing for profit needs no further going over.

This leads to the question, what, then, are the real differences between liberals and neoconservatives? They both, in their own ways, are advocating the same things, big government, war, and empire. It is very much as Bill Clinton's mentor, Carroll Quigley, wrote:

The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can throw the rascals out at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy. Then it should be possible to replace it, every four years if necessary, by the other party, which will be none of these things but will still pursue, with new vigor, approximately the same basic policies.

This is leading us down the road to Fascism. At this point many readers are perhaps thinking that I've just ruined this article. But when one takes a good look at what Fascism really is one sees that it's the direction we're going in. The only difference between our system and pure Fascism is that we get to elect our dictator. As John T. Flynn warned in his book "As We Go Marching" back in 1944:

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Fascism will come at the hands of perfectly authentic Americans who have been working to commit this country to the rule of the bureaucratic state; interfering in the affairs of the states and cities; taking part in the management of industry and finance and agriculture; assuming the role of great national banker and investor, borrowing billions every year and spending them on all sorts of projects through which such a government can paralyze opposition and command public support; marshaling great armies and navies at crushing costs to support the industry of war and preparation for war which will become our nation's greatest industry; and adding to all this the most romantic adventures in global planning, regeneration, and domination, all to be done under the authority of a powerfully centralized government in which the executive will hold in effect all the powers, with Congress reduced to the role of a debating society.

We can only save our liberties by turning away from these Fascistic policies and embracing freedom. This country can't take another FDR. I only hope it's not too late.

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a Phd in Economics, Darren.  And he's nev... by GLloyd Rowsey on Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 7:43:36 AM
As to the regulation that Klein & Krugman favo... by Darren Wolfe on Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 4:56:12 PM
Wolfe is a right wing facist and doesn"t dese... by liberalsrock on Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 8:43:13 AM
Only if being right wing means being for ending th... by Darren Wolfe on Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 5:04:16 PM
The upcoming fad propaganda on the right is that l... by Michael Arvey on Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 9:03:53 AM
AS WE GO MARCHINGThe American Fascism argument mak... by Darren Wolfe on Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 5:07:01 PM
This tactic is used extensively by conseravative /... by Dan Lion on Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 6:16:53 PM
and, regrettably, OEN fell for it and promoted the... by GLloyd Rowsey on Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 9:10:15 AM
I've read a lot of Paul Krugman's writing ... by John Lorenz on Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 11:00:03 AM
Krugman & the right wingers are all wrong. Lis... by Darren Wolfe on Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 5:09:53 PM
I'm not religious and I'm not into cults.... by Dan Lion on Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 6:18:45 PM
It's nice to see Darren Wolfe actually write a pie... by tabonsell on Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 5:30:40 PM
It's not I who claim that WWII ended the Depre... by Darren Wolfe on Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 6:45:21 PM
is how this read for me. Not much there except &qu... by virginius "gin" arnold on Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 5:48:47 PM
If all of Bush's spending didn't keep us o... by Darren Wolfe on Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 6:48:49 PM
headlined. I'll be letting the editors know. T... by Rob Kall on Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 8:10:57 PM
Rob,For your consideration:Cllick Here:http://www.... by William Whitten on Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 3:27:08 AM
The real issue that everybody here seems to be mis... by William Whitten on Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 8:13:01 PM
What Hath Big Government Wrought? It was big gover... by William Whitten on Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 3:31:56 AM
Sorry, I felt a little, slightly altered Shakespea... by nightgaunt on Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 3:10:38 PM
Is now online: click here... by Darren Wolfe on Thursday, Jan 15, 2009 at 4:41:02 PM
William, just wanted to say, your comments are con... by richard on Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 8:06:30 PM
When Krugman first veered off course from working ... by Mr M on Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 11:44:47 PM