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Composed Thinker Donating Member (874 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:03 AM
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Don Luskin Descends Into Insanity
Edited on Tue Oct-07-03 12:09 PM by Skinner
Look at the utter nonsense that he posted on his site:

FACE TO FACE WITH EVIL I did something tonight I wish I hadn't done. I met Paul Krugman.

I thought it would be fun. I thought I could throw a tough question at him, or get him to autograph a copy of The Great Unraveling for me before he realized who I was. But there was nothing fun about this experience. I have looked evil in the face. I've been in the same room with it. I don't know how else to describe my feelings now except to say that I feel unclean, and I'm having to fight being afraid.

Krugman spoke tonight as part of his seemingly endless tour touting his book, in an auditorium on the campus of the University of California at San Diego. He was introduced by some university potentate, who -- obviously not well versed in matters of sporting -- described Krugman's dual success in academic economics and punditry as making him "the only player to win the triple crown in both leagues." He went on to say how deeply divided opinion about Krugman is, how "some people say, 'God bless Paul Krugman!'" at which point the auditorium erupted in cheers and applause. When he got to what the other people say -- which wasn't by any means what the other people (like me) really say -- there was some murmuring; no applause. Who'd risk it there... you'd be lynched!

When Krugman strode up to the podium, more thunderous applause and cheering. Krugman latched onto the crowd's adoring energy, and gave a half-hour speech that was tight, crisp, funny, and persuasive. The nervous, stammering, shifty-eyed, tongue-tied nebbish that is Paul Krugman on television was gone, and in his place was someone who spoke with a voice as clear and confident as one of his New York Times columns. But also just like his Times columns, Krugman's speech was a non-stop barrage of lies, exaggerations, innuendos, and distortions. And the audience ate it up and asked for seconds.

At the end of the speech, ushers collected questions written on 3-by-5 cards, and handed them all to Krugman, who got to pick which ones he'd answer (we're not taking a lot of chances here). The very first one asked whether Krugman would advise a foreigner to emigrate to America at this time (considering that Krugman argues that America is going down the drain). Krugman's answer was that if you didn't know in advance where you'd end up in America's economic structure, you'd never want to come here. "It's so cruel, so harsh now." Could there be a better statement of the very essence of Krugman's political vision? He simply discounts any possibility of growth, or opportunity, or social mobility -- or, perhaps more accurately, sees the pursuit of them as so fraught with risk that no sane person would take it on. In his world-view the sane person would always opt for certainty and safety -- a comfortable safety-net below which one will never fall, even if the cost of that net is that there is also a ceiling above which you will never rise. How does he explain to himself the fact that millions of people are clamoring to get into America, risking life and limb to get into America by hook or by crook, and entering it at the lowest possible level -- anything to avail themselves of an opportunity for freedom and advancement. His is the fearful world-view that sees libertarians like Grover Norquist -- people who want to shrink the size of government and allow Americans the opportunity to be more self-reliant -- as dangerous radicals. And the cheering audience suggests that there's quite a market out there for fear.

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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:12 AM
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1. There's several kinds of psychosis here
I don't know what the various psychosis are, but they scream out at you when you read this.

This guy needs to be heavily medicated and forced to undergo therapy. Poor guy, he's so miserable.
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maha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:37 AM
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10. LOL! I'm with you.
Luskin is a little man who's made a name for himself by sliming a great man, Paul Krugman. Luskin adds less value to the human species than most toe jam.
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Bunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:14 AM
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2. Who is Don Luskin?
I'm not familiar with the name. Thanks.
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dutchdemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:19 AM
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3. Here
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:19 AM
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4. You've posted this twice here. Why?
Who the hell is Don Luskin and why would anyone care what this person thinks?
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La_Serpiente Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:21 AM
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5. I think we just like poking fun
I think we just like poking some fun at the freepers once in a while
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Composed Thinker Donating Member (874 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:23 AM
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7. The other one was how Krugman wasn't Nobel Prize material
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librechik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:22 AM
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6. what vile tripe!
to think there are proably people who believe this vicious name-calling is frightening. Whoever this guy was obviously never taught manners by his mom, let alone ethics by a mentor. How sad that this is the intellectual currency we're dealing with.

Projection from a sick individual, without question.
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PATRICK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:28 AM
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8. Tales from the Flipped Side
Does he ever dispassionately look at the crowds that ador any of the rightist gods of his panthoen? Or dioes he just hate people? In the end he was beginning to sound(and look to my mind's eye) like the anrachist in Jopseph Conrad's "Secret Agent" played by Robin Williams.

The face of evil, I note, was nitpicked to death on the definiton of a couple of terms. Either Luskin is a fanatical semanticist or he can't evaluate the real cause of his loathing. I don't think I could shudder as much meeting Hitler himself as Luskin trembled before the dark power that was Krugman. I can only think Luskin is projecting his own inner fear on the nearest liberal object.

Sounds like he's working himself to getting someone else to take out Paul, but it's the people he's truly afraid of.

It's always the people. That's what tyranny always fears most even when, momentarily, the adulation is reserved for the tyrant himself.
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9215 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:34 AM
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9. Only one thing
substantitive in this whackos entire diatribe. He mentions a fourth alternative to the "looming fiscal crisis"--growth. Well Mr. L-U-S-K-I-N, it will take Democratic leadership to get any growth going as Clinton so vividly and unequivocally proved after twelve years of conservative banking scandals and war mongering. If conservatives weren't such greedy crooks they might accomplish something.
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Evil_Dewers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:40 AM
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11. Hypocrisy
"When it was over and the audience exploded in cheering and applause again, I felt horrified and sick. All these months of holding Krugman accountable for all his lies, I've thought of my little crusade as being directed toward him -- but then I realized that the real liar is his audience: the people who are so afraid that they will believe his conspiracy theories and wish for his safety-netted low-ceilinged utopia -- or the people so cynically partisan that they will cheer anything and anyone, no matter how deceitful, if it is a means to their partisan ends."

Look in the mirror, prick.

Or drop your unnatural obsession with Krugman and go examine the lies which led to the invasion of a country which wasn't planning to nor ever attacked us. $150 billion wasted and 300+ dead Americans (wasted) and thousands of dead Iraqis (wasted) and nothing has been resolved.

I am an economist. Krugman is dead on about "The Emperor Having No Clothes." Plus, Krugman's exposition of Dubya's Harken Energy insider trading and fraudulant bilking of taxpayers for that Arlington baseball stadium and Dubya's kickback to the current owner (Hicks) re: the Texas state employees pension fund are factual stories that no one else has covered.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:43 AM
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12. Luskin is intoxicated with Krugman
Edited on Tue Oct-07-03 09:44 AM by wtmusic
and I would go so far as to say infatuated. In a previous column he described in great detail a CNBC interview with Krugman where he parsed every breath and even lip smack.

Why does he wait to get a book signed if he hates the man so much? Luskin's obsessive need to let the world know his revulsion of Krugman is indicative of exactly the opposite: he is mentally and sexually stimulated by Krugman's intelligence and popularity.

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kodi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:50 AM
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13. oh yeah, the imbecile has all the markings of a krugman stalker
hate is a pretty strong motive. it prevents one from seeing clearly, and luskin's remark do not conform to objective reality.

it would take a truck-load of time to respond to the outright lies and distortions from this luskin jerk-off.
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