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Fri May 1, 2015, 10:06 AM

KRUGMAN!!!: Ideology and Integrity

MAY 1, 2015
Paul Krugman

The 2016 campaign should be almost entirely about issues. The parties are far apart on everything from the environment to fiscal policy to health care, and history tells us that what politicians say during a campaign is a good guide to how they will govern.

Nonetheless, many in the news media will try to make the campaign about personalities and character instead. And character isn’t totally irrelevant. The next president will surely encounter issues that aren’t currently on anyone’s agenda, so it matters how he or she is likely to react. But the character trait that will matter most isn’t one the press likes to focus on. In fact, it’s actively discouraged.

You see, you shouldn’t care whether a candidate is someone you’d like to have a beer with. Nor should you care about politicians’ sex lives, or even their spending habits unless they involve clear corruption. No, what you should really look for, in a world that keeps throwing nasty surprises at us, is intellectual integrity: the willingness to face facts even if they’re at odds with one’s preconceptions, the willingness to admit mistakes and change course.

And that’s a virtue in very short supply.



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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 10:10 AM

1. Yes, it's time for the Lee Atwater/Karl Rove era in campaigning to end

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Mon May 4, 2015, 07:35 PM

2. Deserves a K&R

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Mon May 4, 2015, 07:46 PM

3. K and R for Krugman and that rare commodity, common sense.

 

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