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From the New York Times:

The Angry White Male Caucus

Trumpism is all about the fear of losing traditional privilege.

By Paul Krugman
Opinion Columnist

Oct. 1, 2018

I’ve spent my whole adult life in rarefied academic circles, where everyone has a good income and excellent working conditions. Yet I know many people in that world who are seething with resentment because they aren’t at Harvard or Yale

Did I ever mention that I went to Yale and my first professor job was at Yale?

, or who actually are at Harvard or Yale but are seething all the same because they haven’t received a Nobel Prize.

Did I ever mention that I received a … Well, never mind. The point is that I, in contrast to my pathetic ankle-biting rivals, have attained a Zen master level of harmony and peace with the world and with my (not unexalted) position in it.

And this sort of high-end resentment, the anger of highly privileged people who nonetheless feel that they aren’t privileged enough or that their privileges might be eroded by social change, suffuses the modern conservative movement.

In contrast, I, Paul Krugman, am universally known for my sunny, charming, gracious disposition with never a bad word to say for anybody. Just send me an email disagreeing with any one of my ideas, and you’ll see!

… Indeed, my guess is that his privileged roots are precisely why he’s so angry.

I very much ran with the nerds during my own time at Yale,

I did mention I was at Yale, didn’t I?

but I did encounter people like Kavanaugh — hard-partying sons of privilege who counted on their connections to insulate them from any consequences from their actions, up to and including abusive behavior toward women.

In contrast, Dr. Prof. Blasey Ford came from a family that barely scraped by, what with her dad having to make do as president of Burning Tree Club. Not Augusta National, but Burning Tree. Burning Tree has to be barely the 6th best Alister MacKensie course in America, after Cypress Point, Augusta National, Crystal Downs, the Valley Club at Montecito, and Pasatiempo. Sure, a whole bunch of Presidents belonged to Burning Tree, but still: sixth best MacKensie course.

And that kind of elite privilege still exists.

But it’s privilege under siege. An increasingly diverse society no longer accepts the God-given right of white males from the right families to run things, and a society with many empowered, educated women is finally rejecting the droit de seigneur once granted to powerful men.

My wife, the yoga instructor, was reading a most informative book, Lord Mandeville’s Presumption, and I happened to pick it up recently. It had page after page documenting how the naive but beautiful heroine was ravished due to droit de seigneur by some kind of cruel aristocrat, like that hoity-toity WASP Brett Kavanaugh.

… Instead, it’s about the rage of white men, upper class as well as working class, who perceive a threat to their privileged position. And that rage may destroy America as we know it.

Paul Krugman has been an Opinion columnist since 2000 and is also a Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He won the 2008 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on international trade and economic geography. @PaulKrugman

 
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  1. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    When will whites speak of Nasty Vicious Jews?

    When a**holes are not pushed back, they just get a**holier.

    Sure, it’d be ‘antisemitic’ to speak of Nasty Jews, but whites should point out that Jews piss on whites all the time.

    Also, if White Power sucks so bad and is soooo very toxic, maybe it’s time Jews stopped asking white people to support Zionism and Israel. Jews being so holy, why would they want their noble ethno-enterprise to be marred by support from all these Angry White A**holes?

    Jews and Israel are TOO GOOD to be associated with Angry White A**holes. No more Angry White support for Zionism and Israel. Since whites are evil a**holes and Palestinians are terrorist a**holes, maybe they deserve each other. Henceforth, Evil whites must associate themselves with Evil Palestinians. Evil deserves alliance with Evil.
    Jews are too good and noble to be associated with Angry White A**holes.

  2. In a beehive, isn’t it the drones who schtup the queen?

    • LOL: Rosie
    • Replies: @SMK
  3. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    Globalism is about the making of Ultra-Privilege.

    Trumpism is about maintaining basic rights of white working class that is possible only by nationalism. The working class and lower middle class were never about privilege. They never had it and they never asked for it. They only asked for decent living in the US.

    In contrast, globalism means unlimited privilege and wealth for globo-homo urban elites in San Fran, NY, LA, Chicago, Atlanta, and etc. And their privilege goes sky high by taking a big crap on the Middle Class and Working Class. Their profits go sky high by ditching US workers and outsourcing jobs and importing cheap labor. Globalism has made Krugman’s urban elite tribe super-duper-rich.

    But according to Krug, that is not privilege. Instead, the basic desire for white working class and middle class to secure decent lives is ‘privilege’.
    If some Jewish globalist in NY or San Fran earns billions more, that’s not privilege.
    But if some white working class guy in a small town wants to keep his factory job, that is privilege.

    What an a**hole.

    • Replies: @pyrrhus
    , @Anonymous
  4. Ibound1 says:

    Krugman ran with the nerds. You don’t say so. This entire bit of insanity is nothing but the ugly people’s revenge on the good looking, the weird’s revenge against the normal. Look at Ford’s lawyer. She looks like a witch right out of Grimm’s fairy tales. Then look at Kavanaugh’s wife on the day he was appointed to be an appellate court judge. Look at Ford herself. Normally looks should not matter but here I think they do. I really do. Resentment against the successful and normal and normal looking is no way to run a nation.

  5. Anonymous[276] • Disclaimer says:

  6. Anon[341] • Disclaimer says:

    .

    An increasingly diverse society no longer accepts the God-given right of white males from the right families to run things

    ,

    You first Paul. Please lead by example and resign from your position. In fact take the lowest level job possible in the service industry in a location in a ghetto . And since you are a millionaire many times over , do it for free. Your pay will be the satisfaction of serving marginalized, disenfranchised people of color.

    Your previous position at the NYT will be filled by a non-binary trans-normative gender-fluid black Muslim handicapped albino.

  7. Lot says:

    This could be bad for Kav:

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/mutual-friend-ramirez-kavanaugh-anxious-come-forward-evidence-n915566

    He said the first he heard of Ramirez’s allegations were when he read the article. It appears that before it was published they were wrangling witnesses to try to refute it.

  8. Yet I know many people in that world who are seething with resentment because they aren’t at Harvard or Yale

    That world you’re talking about, Krugman, is only about 0.1 % of Americans. The rest are not at all seething with resentment as we see people like you coming out of those places and want nothing to do with it. We’d rather you just have nothing to do with us too. Do what you want with your privilege, as most of us just want our kids to grow up unharmed by diversity and not forced out of good careers by the US Feral Gov’t and minions thereof.

    Oh, and your economics theories are complete crap! [/Zerohedge-commentary]

    Where do they get these people?

    • Replies: @Forbes
  9. Anonymous[276] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lot

    So not the Ford thing, but the Louis C.K. move is going to take him down? Louis C.K. is half Irish. Is it an Irish thing?

    • Replies: @Lot
  10. J.Ross says: • Website

    >destroy America as we know it
    Good. I want the thing the Founders spoke of, not Brazil with worse weather.

    https://forward.com/news/372708/professor-branded-dirty-jew-after-confronting-richard-spencer-but-she-isnt/

    Follow up: this almost unreadable Forward piece (and we all know how the Forward feels about clearly labelling people) eventually gets around to mentioning that Professor C. Christine Fair‘s parents were Southern Baptists. I am having a hard time finding anything about her parents, her family, or her culture prior to becoming a professor (normally there will be a voluntarily supplied paragraph in the official bio). She strongly identified with a particular version of Judaism and almost converted at one point. Could her family have been ancestral Southern Jews who started going to Baptist churches at some point? Is she more-yenta-than-yenta as a result of the infamous stridency of converts?

    • Replies: @Dirk Manley
  11. weird. I know some guys who are seething with resentment over getting their head dunked into a toilet by some big goy jock child 50+ years ago.

  12. Ergo says:
    @Lot

    He did give himself room in his testimony where he said he knew beforehand:

    “All right,” an interviewer said in a redacted Judiciary Committee report. “My last question on this subject is since you graduated from college, but before [The] New Yorker article publication on September 23rd, have you ever discussed or heard discussion about the incident matching the description given by Ms. Ramirez to [The] New Yorker?”

    “No,” Kavanaugh said, according to the transcript.

    However, Kavanaugh later appeared to contradict himself by saying he had heard that Ramirez was “calling around to classmates trying to see if they remembered it.”

    “And I, at least — and I, myself, heard about that, that she was doing that,” Kavanaugh said in the transcript.

    Kavanaugh, who has denied all of the allegations, suggested Ramirez was shopping around with news outlets and colleagues to fabricate a story.

    • Replies: @Lot
  13. Rob McX says:

    Whites are privileged by their genetic heritage. They belong to a race that built the best of everything. Non-whites born in white countries are very lucky to get the benefits of this. Also, in Europe they enjoy immunity from criticism (anti-hate laws) and in the US they profit from anti-white discrimination (affirmative action). If that’s not unearned privilege, I don’t know what is.

  14. Anon[395] • Disclaimer says:

    White conservative men can be defamed openly and repeatedly. But yet the Anti Defamation League does nothing about it, in fact they cheer it on.

  15. Abe says: • Website

    And just remember, all this teen years (13-19) score settling on the cusp of AARP eligibility is very, very adult. As adult as having a comfortable armchair in the room. In fact… we’re like that adult armchair in the room. We’re in fact… the adults of the room. The adults IN the room! Not like Trump!!

    (Still say even money Blassey Ford is a Russian agent)

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  16. El Dato says:
    @Lot

    This is not badder than anything that came before or after.

    A lawyer-and-donation-and-democrat-handler-powered female Wiley E. Coyote setting up traps to catch the roadrunning White Male Privilege ex-Jock. It’s not fun to watch and the roadrunner is a bit stressed out but it WILL go on and on and on.

    … Instead, it’s about the rage of white men, upper class as well as working class, who perceive a threat to their privileged position. And that rage may destroy America as we know it.

    How many working class white men perceive this threat to their privileged position exactly? No thanks to Krugman and his Keynesian policies practically made to squash said working class like a deplorable bug.

  17. Powerful white man from the bad old days Ben Franklin did in fact discuss this issue in the letter “Advice to a Friend on Choosing a Mistress”. He recommends staying away from virgins and sleeping with a worldly, older woman instead. Turns out WASP men have been on the side of feminists since about 100 years before feminism even began.

    • Replies: @njguy73
  18. AKAHorace says:

    Unrelated but of interest:

    https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/politics/a11664976/divorce-trump-supporters/

    and north of the border, Quebec has elected a party that says that it will reduce immigration to the province by 20%

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-election-result-1.4846201

  19. I think all fair-minded people agree that Krugman is a smug, insufferable douchebag.

    His whole shtick is a false appeal to authority – i.e., he somehow got awarded a Nobel prize in economics, therefore he must know everything about everything.

    I am also skeptical about how big of a deal his economic work really was. Unlike say, Milton Friedman, I get the feeling nobody really knows or cares about Krugman’s sholarly work. I’ve never seen his theories discussed or cited anywhere. No one talks about a “Krugman theorem.”

    It’s hard to tell from outside the field, but I have to wonder if his Nobel might be in the same category as Obama’s.

  20. amen says:
    @Lot

    Another nothing burger. The “mutual friend” already gave the following statement to the New Yorker:

    “I didn’t say I would have known. … I said she never told me, I never heard a word of this ever happening and never saw it. The media surmised (that I was saying she is lying),” said Yarasavage.

  21. @Lot

    I don’t see a smoking gun. Lots of weasel word phrasings. “Suggests…” “may have” “may not have” “may need to be questioned.” Basically just a possibility that Kav *may* have been coordinating with friends to get stories straight. I think the Ramirez accusation is even more flimsy than Ford’s. Two years of Trump-era MSM headlines has made me wary. Remember how many times Trump’s campaign was “over” or how many times the chickens have been coming home to roost on Russia (Flynn is gonna flip; then Manafort; then Trump’s lawyer…)

    • Replies: @anon
    , @Curmudgeon
  22. Rob McX says:

    It must be galling for Krugman to see Kavanaugh being part of the WASP elite, while he’s the one who looks like a leprechaun.

  23. (Still say even money Blassey Ford is a Russian agent)

    Do you think she was in the room when the prostitutes were peeing on Trump?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @Forbes
  24. AndrewR says:

    One of the few things that unites virtually all right-wing thought is the idea that there should be no laws against hate speech. I don’t understand this. Would it really be so bad to be able to shut down the NYT for publishing this viciously hateful speech against white males? The left is going to keep ramping up the anti white male rhetoric as long as it’s politically useful, and frankly that could be as long as white males exist. Might as well fight fire with fire.

  25. Anonymous[739] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lot

  26. Jim Given says:

    AN Whitehead claimed academics always prescribe changes in society that would make perfect sense if everyone were a university professor. Prof. Dr. Krugman seems to have a touch of this academic malaise, of supposing that all Americans are, roughly speaking, like the people he encounters at faculty meetings.

    He obviously was tempted to write, “Hard partying sons of riches”; but suppressed the urge.

    Note the sweep of the hand that extends this generalization also to the “working class”, whoever they are. (Is that like, people without tenure?)

    Is “privilege” really what Americans fear losing? I thought it was health care, or their retirement savings, or their kids’ college education. Or perhaps their job?

    I’m not sure Kavanaugh belongs at that faculty meeting. But Prof. Dr. Klugman clearly does-

    • Replies: @Rosie
    , @Laugh Track
  27. @Rob McX

    He’s wearing the retro version identical to the New Balance shoes I wore 38 years ago when I had a beard and wandered the country like a lost dork too. Some people never grow up.

  28. @Lot

    Fake News.

    He heard she was digging dirt, but didn’t know the allegation until the New Yorker article.

    Piece by piece the media credibility crumbles.

    • Replies: @Lot
  29. Krugman? Is he some sociologist we’re all supposed to know?

    • Replies: @Forbes
  30. J.Ross says: • Website
    @AndrewR

    William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!

    Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?

    William Roper: Yes, I’d cut down every law in England to do that!

    Sir Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s! And if you cut them down, and you’re just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake!

    • Agree: BenKenobi
  31. @Abe

    (Still say even money Blassey Ford is a Russian agent)

    No, it’s well documented that she is a CIA asset.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  32. Lot says:
    @Rob McX

    Paulie K vacations in northern Vermont and Southern Quebec for their strong diversity, which strongly strengthens.

    • Replies: @International Jew
  33. Mr. Blank says:

    I probably qualify as a “working class” white male — based on my paycheck, at least.

    I’d like to Paul Krugman to explain to me exactly how I am privileged. Plain words and hard facts, please — no fashionable academic gobbledygook. I want to know precisely how my life is built on a mountain of injustices — injustices evidently so terrible that they are worth taking me down a few pegs, even though I was not responsible for them.

    Since I’m already pretty near the bottom end of the middle class, I’d also like an explanation about how “losing” my “privileges” — shoving me even further down — is supposed to make the world a better place. Again, plain language here. How is this a constructive solution, instead of, say, just bloody-minded revenge?

    Maybe I’m just being pedantic here, but a “revenge-based” social policy seems suboptimal to me. Can Paul point out a successful example of such a policy? One where the objects of revenge collectively said, “yeah, we totally deserved that. Thank you sir, may we please have another,” and that was the end of it? I guess that kind of worked with the Germans at the end of World War II — is that what he has in mind? Does Paul Krugman believe I’m the moral equivalent of a Nazi because I don’t want to press 1 for English?

    Paul’s a smart guy. He has a Nobel. Surely he can break it down for me.

  34. Lot says:
    @Desiderius

    WOW, thank you. the NBC version is very misleading, and other sources are even worse.

    Here is the refutation that involves his answer to the very next question:

    https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/another-shoddy-perjury-claim/

  35. Let me get this straight:

    White male “rage,” — a “rage” at losing the status quo where every coal miner and fisherman and farmer leads a life of munificent privilege, — poses a threat to “America as we know it.”

    Wouldn’t the America they are destroying be an America of “white privilege?” Wouldn’t that be a good thing?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  36. Buck says:
    @Rob McX

    Paul Krugman wears New Balance. He must be “OK”.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @Anonymous IV
  37. Anonymous[178] • Disclaimer says:

    This strikes me as going beyond Jew vs. WASP (or quasi-WASP) ethnic resentment, though certainly that’s a part of it.

    Krugman seems to be resentful of men who do well academically while not being complete social outcasts. That’s a grudge with roots as deep and ancient as the one Jews have against WASPs.

  38. Is the erudite Professor Krugman aware that the droit de seigneur is now generally considered a myth? I guess anyone who believe Kavanaugh was involved in countless gang-bangs of drugged teenaged girls isn’t the skeptical type.

  39. anon[167] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous IV

    Its tactically good for them to distract themselves with process. They get so excited, then deflated. Clock is running.

    Maybe this will cheer people up:

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/rachel-mitchells-memo-is-damaging-to-christine-blasey-fords-case-against-brett-kavanaugh#!

  40. L Woods says:

    And that rage may destroy America as we know it.

    Wouldn’t that be a shame.

  41. “Instead, it’s about the rage of white men, upper class as well as working class, who perceive a threat to their privileged position.”

    Notice the conflation of upper class and working class white men, as if they enjoy the same type of life and “privilege”.

    Nauseating tripe from a hateful goblin.

    • Agree: Patrick in SC
  42. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Buck

    New Balance, like Chik-Fil-A or Mel Gibson, are objectively good; also, back when leftists were on the side of workers, they were popular (briefly celebrated by Jim Hightower) because their owners (who I believe are New England Jews) committed to their American work force in the face of globalization.

    • Replies: @Brutusale
  43. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Patrick in SC

    Ask instead what America it is which Krugman knows.

  44. anon[167] • Disclaimer says:

    California state law mandates female board directors by 2019

    It seems harmless enough, but it can only get worse. Boards are already mostly worthless.

    • Replies: @Alec Leamas
  45. @AndrewR

    Coloured people don’t like Little Black Sambo. Burn it. White people don’t feel good about Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Burn it. Someone’s written a book on tobacco and cancer of the lungs? The cigarette people are weeping? Burn the book.
    - Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

    • Replies: @Hippopotamusdrome
  46. anon[167] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mr. Blank

    Yea. Unpack it, bitch.

    Its mighty big of him, giving away other peoples stuff.

  47. Rosie says:
    @Jim Given

    Is “privilege” really what Americans fear losing? I thought it was health care, or their retirement savings, or their kids’ college education. Or perhaps their job?

    All those things are precisely what they mean by “White privilege.” They think the midde class is an artifact of arbitrary, protectionist trade barriers.

  48. Cassander says:

    Prof Krugman no longer seems to make any sense at all…

  49. Barnard says:
    @Mr. Blank

    You lose your privilege when they give your job to a non white immigrant or refugee who undercuts your pay.

  50. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Buzz Mohawk

    That serious academic paper demonstrating that the only people who disliked The Last Jedi were Russian bots has now been picked up by entertainment media standards like the Hollywood Reporter. It is uniformly described as a “study” which “proves” its thesis and uncritically presented as science.
    I hate Star Wars new and old, but found myself sort of liking Rogue One through its RiffTrax, because it looks like a Star Wars movie, and it’s not bound up in the thoroughly done-and-dry central story. Star Wars was supposed to take place in this huge universe where anything can happen, so Disney should be able to constantly go off in new directions. Instead, fear of profits has led to a decreasing ring of characters, who endlessly repeat the same basic wunderwaffen-sabotage plot (on the same wunderwaffen!), and who turn out to all be blood relatives! The plot and characterization of the new movies is the same as the old ones, with the difference that there is forced diversity, and all the things that were established truths must be “deconstructed.”
    Thus, Luke, the main Jedi, now hates Jedi (to include himself), and physically destroys their religious texts to prevent anyone from ever becoming one again. This is a children’s movie. How the hell does book burning become a blockbuster? How is deliberately destroying the central texts of a religion something that belongs in a children’s movie about puppets and b-grade actors in space?
    But Putin paid me to say that.
    There is by the way reason to believe that — as with the political Russian hackers — there is social media interference, but it is thoroughly domestic, and coming from inside the studio. A critical tweet about “Leia Poppins” (describing a huge writing failure, in which the main female character is blown into space, but returns to safety by assuming a superhero pose and willing her mass to posses the right momentum) was met by a fan who claimed to have not heard any audience member laughing at this scene in twenty-one (21) viewings.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    , @MEH 0910
  51. Lot says:
    @Ergo

    Sorry, the article was awful fake news for this reason.

  52. Anon[991] • Disclaimer says:

    Reading some comments on Twitter from female physicists is very eye-opening. The concesus seems to be that the guy, an Italian professor, is probably an asshole, personality wise, so obviously he should not be hired for jobs (he had presented some data on the relative qualifications of himself and women who had been hired in preference to him, showing lower qualifications for the women).

    The Twitter consensus was that you hire physicists based on qualifications like publications, publiclation quality, and citations, yes, but that those are realtively minor considerations. You also have to interview people to see how well they get along with others and other soft skills.

    My thoughts on this are that, yes, that is true for low-level scientific “clerks” and functionaries, who check on the operational statistics of the accellerator and for mere empiricists.

    But for real scientists who you hope will make groundbreaking discoveries or put forth original theories, no, you do not dock people who are geniuses because they are assholes. You hire assholes and manage around them. You put them in another office. You build them another lab. You hire an intermediary who can deal with them. They either have it or they don’t, and when you find someone who has it, you work with the guy.

    This may be the long-term damage done by affirmative action of women into scietific hiring authority positions and in mixing the sexes too much in scientific environments. The geniuses may never get a chance to make their discoveries. At least we have China (but for how long?)

  53. @Harry Baldwin

    “Is the erudite Professor Krugman aware that the droit de seigneur is now generally considered a myth?”

    You mean Braveheart wasn’t a documentary?

    Droit de seigneur is probably the primordial rape fantasy: ultra high-status alpha stops by on your wedding night and sprugs you up while beta hubby gets forever stuck with sloppy seconds. womp womp

    On a rape train, never be the caboose.

    • LOL: Dtbb
    • Replies: @Pericles
  54. Just another Jewish liberal utterly lacking self-awareness. These articles are boilerplate at this point.

  55. anon[429] • Disclaimer says:

    … Instead, it’s about the rage of white men, upper class as well as working class, who perceive a threat to their privileged position. And that rage may destroy America as we know it.

    Interesting how “working class” whites are now privileged. In the pre-Hillary era the guy working at the paint store wasn’t counted as privileged.

  56. That rejection by a blonde girl sure hurt poor Kruggy.

    • Replies: @Song For the Deaf
  57. You ever get the feeling that the Left is now incapable of interpreting social phenomena without the lens of privilege? I can count at least two statements in this article where he attributes white behavior to privilege but which are really about jealousy and have nothing to do with privilege.

  58. MG says:

    I fear Kruggie has gone cuckoo. Trump has truly done him in. As a brown man, a legal immigrant with a PhD in Engineering from a top school in the US, I have come to loathe the Krugmans of America (I mean the liberals, not his ethnicity).

    During my student years, I discovered that while the liberals were on the surface more favorably disposed to India, Hinduism and elements of my culture, you only had to scratch the surface to see the liberal bigotry and the intolerance. So long as I agreed with the liberals’ version of myself, it was fine. But step out of line and you were no longer welcome. On the other hand, I found it much easier to deal with the right winger. He may have been indifferent or even unfriendly to my native culture but he never lectured me about it.

    I wish I could tell Krugman someday in person that I came to America because it was a white country. And that it was essentially a decent country for that fact.

  59. @J.Ross

    I snuck in and saw the last half hour of Rouge One and it was pretty good: kind of a WWII combat movie (combo of Guadalcanal, Stalingrad, and Midway) set in the Star Wars universe.

  60. @Lot

    Yeah, and what a dick he is here, wearing an anti-Trump tshirt while in Canada: “I’m American, but I’m not one of those deplorable Americans.”

    • Replies: @slumber_j
    , @Lot
  61. @Anon

    Oh my gawd.
    They want brilliant scientists with social skills?
    Haven’t they been watching BBT?

  62. istevefan says:

    Professor Krugman, in case you are wondering I would not pass the Anne Frank test on your behalf.

    • Agree: Redneck farmer
  63. Luke Lea says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    “I am also skeptical about how big of a deal his [Krugman's] economic work really was.”

    I looked into it. It is a nifty, but very minor look into why firms locate in the various places they do: for reasons of geography, transportation, human capital, etc.., including the tendency for areas to specialize, thereby tapping a large body of skills that are attracted to an area where there are a lot of opportunities for those skills, as we see in Silicon Valley for instance. It is a solid piece of work which, purely as a piece of logical analysis, would be considered a minor exercise at the undergraduate level in the field of mathematics, which is what much of modern theoretical economics has basically become. A Special Olympics so to speak as far as Nobel Prizes are concerned.

    But Krugman’s biggest academic sin was to ignore the well-established findings of his own field of trade economics when the great Nafta and Gatt debates were taking place, downplaying the negative effects on American wages that free trade and free mobility of capital were bound to have in a world characterized by vast continental disparities in income and wealth. When I interviewed him over the phone for an article I was writing on the subject (see link below) instead of addressing this issue he flogged his own recent textbook on international trade after I mentioned that I was relying of the classic teaching text, World Trade and Payments, by Caves and Jones. Incredibly self-centered he was.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B48WcEDU3CN9a1RXYmtEN1Y5Q25zOHpGUzJyemh3d1hwYW5B/view?usp=sharing

  64. @J.Ross

    And if blasphemy and heresy weren’t crimes in their time, that might even be a good argument.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  65. I think what Krugman really hates is that Kavanaugh is just as smart as he is, but has good looks and social skills too.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  66. Dtbb says:

    OT kinda. Just saw Tarana Burke “fouunder of #MeToo movement” on PBS. OH MY GOD! Someone more savvy with computers needs to put up a recent picture of this. Even if I was blind drunk on a deserted island I wouldn’ touch that with a mile long pole. Inspires many humorous insults but I would probably be whimmed.

    • Replies: @Lurker
  67. So there’s a small number of Paul Krugman types – wealthy and elite but not the bad elite not the white elite. Well… not just the white elite. Working class, too. So just the white. The bad White man.

    You may have noticed that a lot of the MeToo heavy contenders are Jewish liberals. Weinstein, Moonves, Lauer… He of the gotcha triplatch doorlock. Elite, too. I suspect that here as in every other circumstance, a double standard applies where judgment is concerned.

  68. Anon7 says:

    “Trumpism is all about the fear of losing traditional privilege.”

    Well, I agree with Dr. Krugman on that.

    I fear losing my traditional privilege of being able to address anyone I meet in America using the English language.

    I fear losing my traditional privilege of being able to see the faces of the people I meet in stores, or on the street, or in courts, etc.

    I fear losing my traditional privilege of only needing to compete with my fellow American citizens for jobs in America.

    I fear losing my traditional privilege of being able to speak my mind, even if it is not precisely congruent with some sort of progressive cultural marxism.

    You see what I’m saying.

    • Replies: @BenKenobi
  69. @Jim Given

    AN Whitehead claimed academics always prescribe changes in society that would make perfect sense if everyone were a university professor. Prof. Dr. Krugman seems to have a touch of this academic malaise, of supposing that all Americans are, roughly speaking, like the people he encounters at faculty meetings.

    I think that observation is apt. However, I’d lift it out of academia and apply it more broadly.

    To wit, “progressives always prescribe changes in society that would make perfect sense if everyone were an upper middle class liberal woman.” That everyone isn’t that is a definite stumbling block that gets attributed to systemic racism, sexism, etc.

  70. @Buck

    Haha. I’m sure Krugman is clueless. If someone told him about the “underground” meaning of New Balance shoes he’d probably literally burn them.

  71. Anon7 says:
    @Anon

    “The geniuses may never get a chance to make their discoveries.”

    Did you know that math and physics students are currently taught in universities that the reason that European men made so many great discoveries in science is because they were just the ones who happened to be there when all of those discoveries were just lying around on the ground, waiting to be discovered by anyone with a little bit of curiosity and a bit of education.

    They weren’t geniuses, you see. They were just guys in the right place in the right time. It could have been anyone.

    • Replies: @27 year old
  72. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Samuel Skinner

    The central argument is sound, we should not be cheating. When heresy was a law it applied to all and when it was struck down it was struck down for all.

  73. FKA Max says:
    @Lot

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Former Classmates Support Brett Kavanaugh Accuser in Letter

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/julia-louis-dreyfus-alumnae-support-brett-kavanaugh-accuser-letter-1144256

    Holton’s motto teaches students to “find a way or make one.”

    • Replies: @Father O'Hara
  74. @Anonymous

    Woke people knew the guy’s name was “Chad Ludington” before anyone knew he even existed.

  75. @Hypnotoad666

    he somehow got awarded a Nobel prize in economics

    He’s was a promising young economist and much less of a douchebag before he got married.

    Then he got Kaepernicked.

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
  76. @Rob McX

    Paul Krugman really needs to powerlift, instead of bicycling.

    • Agree: reiner Tor
  77. @International Jew

    Kav’s looks are pretty shaky these days, but he does have a lot to work with if he wants to get right with the weight room.

    • Replies: @International Jew
  78. SMK says: • Website
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Speaking of queens, the “rage” of Trump,” and the rage of tens of millions of “deplorables,” nearly all white men, overwhelmingly middle- and working-class, tragically denied the great Hillary her divine right to become the first woman president.” “Racist,” “Sexist,” “misogynist,” “xenophobic,” “homophobic,” “Islamophobic,” the ubiquitous and dreary litany of ists/isms and phobes/phobias. To Hillary, apparently, Mestizo-Amerindian, black, and Islamic males aren’t “sexist,” “misogynist,” and “homophobic.”

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  79. @Luke Lea

    No offense intended but in evaluating Krugman’s work the way you do, it’s clear you don’t know much about economics. So let me answer the question for you.

    Krugman’s main contribution was in taking on one of the bedrock principles of international trade economics — comparative advantage — and extending it to better explain the observed pattern of which countries are net exporters of what. Explaining that pattern has always been a really big deal in economics, so progress there was bound to come with major career rewards.

    The classical theory said that a country would tend to export goods whose production was intensive in the resource or factor of production (land, labor or capital) in which that country was relatively rich.

    This is in fact what we observe in many cases: the USA is a big exporter of food, because we have a lot of land compared to our population. But the classic theory leaves a lot of head-scratching counterexamples too. And most of all, the puzzle of why there are lots of cases of pairs of countries where each exports the same thing to the other — for instance France exporting cars to Germany as Germany exports cars to France. According to the classical theory, this shouldn’t happen; it’s like a plumber and a barber where sometimes the plumber cuts the barber’s hair.

    So in steps Krugman (this is the early 80s) and produces a solid theory to explain this anomaly. And, for extra points, his theory uses new ideas that were very fashionable then among economists (but, before Krugman, were not applied to international trade).

    So there you have it. Was Krugman’s work great? Yes. Was it Nobel Prize great? Maybe, definitely in that ballpark. But Krugman’s rabid anti-Bush politics (he was awarded the Prize in 2008) surely helped him with the Royal Swedish Academy of Science.

  80. @Mr. Blank

    He doesn’t need to explain it to you because you’re pretty near the bottom end of the middle class and you’ve challenged his logic. If you were higher up on the economic scale you might be worth his effort to persuade you. Given your status, and if you had acknowledged his authority, he might clarify the benefit he brings to you and the gratitude you owe him. But you are not and did not, so pound sand.

  81. pyrrhus says:
    @Anon

    I sure that some day (((Krugman))) will get around to discussing the (((privilege))) of the social media billionaires and the NYT editorial staff.

  82. My wife, the yoga instructor…

    Many jobs are threatened by robots. But this one is threatened by goats.

    • Replies: @International Jew
    , @donut
  83. , or who actually are at Harvard or Yale but are seething all the same because they haven’t received a Nobel Prize.

    Did I ever mention that I received a … Well, never mind.

    I think Prof. Krugman has been making this observation since considerably before he received his Nobel Prize, though. It seems reasonable enough to me.

  84. @Desiderius

    Whatever. I’ll admit I have the typical heterosexual guy’s imperfect understanding of that. So I’ll retreat to solid ground and just say that Kav’s wife is way hotter than Krugman’s.

  85. Taleb says Krugman’s economic predictions are constantly wrong but he gets away with it because nobody ever bothers to track his success rate.

    It’s too bad I live in a city with next to no Jews. I would love for one of these guys to try lecturing me on my privilege.

  86. @Reg Cæsar

    Not sure what “job” those goats are doing, but — just an intuition — the gal at left needs a bigger goat.

    • LOL: jim jones
  87. @ThirdWorldSteveReader

    I don’t know whether there was a blonde girl in Krugman’s case but the fact that practically the entire American Jewish community has now taken to lecturing the entire community on our privilege suggests that they’ve been raised with this view for generations and just needed the right cultural zeitgeist to express it.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @Desiderius
  88. @Luke Lea

    This is the great failing of free market economics in our country, or in other image the predictable confluence of the free mobility of labor and capital, and the end of the frontier in America. The first infusions of labor as the reservoir fills are intoxicating. but now the reservoir is filled and stagnant, and new infusions of labor may increase the total value of the existing pool, but lessen the unit value.
    The export of capital to new sources of labor provides a flush of growth with new product, but the portion due America is not shared with the peoples who have lost wage and value as a result of the overfilling of the reservoir and the flight of capital, and who have built and shared this country and fought for its honor over many generations, but is instead distributed in part to those who risked the capital overseas and part to taxes and part to investment in more labor from foreign lands in order to maintain an oversupply of labor relative to the cost of family formation. Whether it is right and God’s will I cannot question, but I can question whether it will work in the short and long run.

  89. @Hypnotoad666

    No one’s Nobel was ever “in the category of Obama’s” and let’s hope none will ever be!

    For an answer to your main question, see my comment two levels below in this thread.

  90. Lot says:
    @Anonymous

    It is nothing like Louis CK.

    Even if what Ramirez says is true, it seems more like something normal drunk teens do to be funny, or a minor faux pas. Calling a guy who whips it out in front of a drunk group in a dorm lounge a “sexual assault” is absurd. Streaking, mooning, and general underdressing is normal college behavior.

    Butthead, manning a drive thru window: Damn it, Beavis, put that away. You’re not supposed to have your penis out while you’re cooking.

    Beavis: Oh…oh yeah. [angry customer drives away]

    Butt-head: Err, can I take your order?

    • Agree: Desiderius
    • Replies: @Desiderius
  91. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Anonymous

    Virgin Kavanaugh versus Chad Ludington.

  92. …rejecting the droit de seigneur once granted to powerful men.

    Droit de seigneur = disoriented urge

  93. @SMK

    To Hillary, apparently, Mestizo-Amerindian, black, and Islamic males aren’t “sexist,” “misogynist,” and “homophobic.”

    No Democrat is. That’s the point.

  94. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Song For the Deaf

    Or maybe the bank robber who senses he is about to be exposed wants the angry townsfolk to have a conversation about the sherriff’s customer service or the cattle baron’s land-grabbing.

  95. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Song For the Deaf

    Jewish wouldn’t be enough, it’d have to be an academic.

  96. map says:
    @Anonymous

    Yes yes…I can see it now.

    Brett Kavanaugh running with the hooligans Chad Ludington, Addison Wesley, Remington Steele and Wellington Ashley.

    Oh God…

    Maybe they should cobble together a bunch of publisher names.

  97. Rob McX says:

    People who give any credence to CBF are living a contradiction. They claim they want a judge who upholds the US Constitution, with its roots in English common law with its presumption of innocence and commitment to due process. But they want his appointment blocked by a sort of kangaroo court investigating a half-remembered incident that allegedly happened decades ago. The unspoken assumption is that the accused has to disprove this ridiculous accusation. People who think this is fair don’t belong in America. They’d be more at home with some kind of legal system controlled by mullahs or shamans.

  98. @International Jew

    He was defo cute in high school, but has not aged well.

    • Replies: @F0337
  99. @International Jew

    That bar’s awful low. She’s more cute than hot, which what you’re looking for in a wife. Good show.

    As for your imperfect understanding:

    He could do cardio like Krugman, or he could lift and end up looking like a decent approximation of those high school pics with the special sauce that comes with an accomplished man his age. He’d poll at least ten points higher if he did.

  100. BenKenobi says:
    @Anon7

    Your fears have already come to pass.

    Volunteer, lest you be pressed into service. Either way your grandchildren (and you will have them, mein schutze) will thank you.

  101. @Song For the Deaf

    Not actually Jewish:

    https://quillette.com/2018/08/29/unpacking-peggy-mcintoshs-knapsack/

    SWPL Jews and SWPL (post-)whites are both raised with that view. Most Jews and most whites are not SWPLs.

    • Replies: @Song For the Deaf
  102. @International Jew

    Thanks for the expert economic perspective.

    My expertise consists of just an undergraduate economic degree from 30 years ago. At that time, they taught us that anything – like free trade – that maximized GNP was optimal. The redistributive effects within the economy were hardly worth worrying about. If anyone cared enough, the politicians could always work out a redistribution scheme that would mitigate the disruption.

    I used to buy the libertarian argument 100%. And given the fecklessness of all government intervention a pure free market is still probably the best default policy.

    But like commentor Luke Lea, I now wonder if the human costs of “creative destruction” – like middle aged workers obsoleted without any realistic alternatives – may be entitled to more consideration.

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
  103. @Lot

    New footage of Kavanaugh hearing shows that he was the recipient of illegal coaching! Someone call CNN!

    Of course he’s going to skate while Serena gets the maximum for the same crime.

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
  104. Instead, it’s about the rage of white men, upper class as well as working class, who perceive a threat to their privileged position. And that rage may destroy America as we know it.

    Nice little shiv at the proles there at the end.

    “They’re not seething over a Nobel Prize, I just don’t like’em.”

  105. map says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    Please. Friedman was another fraud.

    He, along with James Tobin, recommended to Richard Nixon that the US get off the gold standard. He predicted gold would drop to $7 an ounce as a result. Gold instead went to $140 an ounce.

    The Fed then applied Friedman’s monetarist theories by inducing inflation throughout the late 70′s and gold went to over $900 an ounce.

    Friedman’s work is garbage. Notice that he abandoned all monetarist work and instead started writing libertardianism like “Free to Choose.”

    Milton Friedman actually believed governments could easily maintain monetary stability because monetary fluctuations were never that large throughout history. What he fails to mention is that, throughout history, the world was on a gold standard.

    Here is Friedman changing his mind after doing enormous damage.

    http://www.polyconomics.com/memos/mm-030613.htm

    • Agree: Charles Pewitt
  106. @Desiderius

    Then he got Kaepernicked.

    That really does need to catch on as a verb. Sort of like getting “Munsoned,” if you ever saw the movie Kingpin with Woody Harrelson.

    • Replies: @ben tillman
  107. @syonredux

    My old gay Uncle Norman, Columbia coxswain ~’59, probably prefers this to Tom of Finland.

    • Replies: @syonredux
  108. @Desiderius

    Why was Hank Hill falsely accusing Beavis (or was it Butt-Head)? Do they even live near Arlin, Texas.

  109. syonredux says:
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Your uncle has excellent taste

    • Replies: @Charles Pewitt
  110. Paul Krugman’s attack on purported white privilege is all the more hypocritical in that he is a member of the most privileged and influential ethno-religious group in the United States.

    What is Krugman’s shtick? Ivy League economists Good. Wall Street Good. Federal Reserve Good. Democrat Party Good. All entities in which his group has thrived, to say the least. Ethnic networking is simply rampant. In short, a hegemonic global financial elite lording it over domesticated masses, who are given just enough welfare to keep them docile. Hence why wars done by Republicans are Evil (remember his righteous indignation over Iraq?), but wars done by Democrats are Sadly Necessary. Furthermore, while Krugman demonizes even the mildest ethnocentrism among white Americans, he has never gotten particularly worked up about Israel as an actual Jewish ethno-state, lording it over the Arabs, or by American support for said ethno-state. At the end of the day, his whole discourse amounts to a hypocritical apologia for his own ethno-religious group’s power, privilege, and influence, all the while pretending to adhere to social-democratic equality.

    Apropos, somebody could an ethnic breakdown of the most-cited elite economists, Krugman’s field, and how the Anglo-Saxon vs. Jewish privilege actually tallies up: https://ideas.repec.org/top/top.person.nbcites.html

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  111. map says:
    @International Jew

    This is actually incorrect.

    The theory of comparative advantage asks if it is worth for a nation to trade even if it is the best at making everything? The answer is yes. The theory here is that a nation abandons “low level” work in favor of “high level” work. So, if England is the best at making both wine and textiles, then it makes sense to abandon wine-making in favor of textiles if textiles are a more profitable business. Portugal, in turn, must abandon making textiles, focus on wine and instead import textiles from England, paying for the imports with wine exports. This is how trade benefits both parties.

    The intermediate theory that you are thinking of is called competitive advantage: you focus on making the things that correlate to your natural endowments. The problem is the obvious sleight of hand: textile factories can be built anywhere; wine-making cannot. Natural endowments matter when trading agricultural goods. They matter less with manufactured goods.

    Hence, the reason why France and Germany both sell cars is because there are absolute advantages to making cars. Comparative advantages simply don’t exist. Why? Because car factories can be built anywhere. There are no natural limitations to where they can go, unlike farming corn, grapes, or wheat.

  112. @International Jew

    Kruggsy is frightening looking. Dude been whooped wit da ugly stick!
    Now his wife, one Robin Wells,I would , excepting the disgusting reality that she has most likely been in flagrante delicto with him on several occasions, if in her younger years,do.

    Amirite? What? Is it me? It’s not me. It may be you,but it’s not me. Right?

  113. @FKA Max

    Now broads who claim to be victimized by evil white men call themselves “survivors.”
    Aint they stepping on some mighty big toes with that shtick?

  114. Nobel Prize*

    * Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences

    • Replies: @Cortes
  115. @Anon

    Sometimes, esp lately, one gets the impression our MSM Elite yearns for a return to 1925-39 Stalinism. But instead of gulags, White Men will be conscripted into forced labor crews cleaning up after all the chaos wrought by Neoliberal Anarcho-Tyranny:
    -Scraping feces & needles off the streets of San Fran, Seattle
    -Serving hot meals to the squattors & illegals in border states
    -Collecting the trash strewn about the countryside by Illegals in California & Arizona
    Those too weak for such physical duty would instead serve in an Anti-Racism Snitch Corps where they’d spy on their families & neighbors. People found deviating from Official Diversity Doctrine would be sent to repent before a Thought Crimes Tribunal for sentencing.

    Bottom line is that our Elite hates us. We either replace our Elites or it’s Goodbye to Western Civ & Goodbye to our Freedoms

  116. @Rosamond Vincy

    Fahrenheit 451 contains the phrase “Black Sambo”, remove it from school libraries.

    ADL’s AI program detects that Rosamond Vincy’s twitter post about Fahrenheit 451 contains the phrase “Black Sambo” and automatically has her account suspended.

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
  117. @Anon

    Reading some comments on Twitter from female physicists is very eye-opening. The concesus seems to be that the guy, an Italian professor, is probably an asshole, personality wise, so obviously he should not be hired for jobs

    “Female physicists” LOL. Fire them and keep the Italian asshole.

    • Agree: dfordoom
  118. Escher says:

    In contrast, Dr. Prof. Blasey Ford came from a family that barely scraped by with her dad having to make do as president of Burning Tree Club. Not Augusta National, but Burning Tree.

    To be fair, Krugman’s excoriation of Kavanaugh’s privileged upbringing has nothing to do with his alleged victim’s background.

  119. @Harry Baldwin

    As I’ve said before, “Facts have nothing to do with TRUTH.”

  120. Cortes says:
    @Hippopotamusdrome

    Exactly.

    From Wikipedia:

    “The prize was established in 1968 by a donation from Sweden’s central bank Sveriges Riksbank to the Nobel Foundation to commemorate the bank’s 300th anniversary.[7][8][9][10] Although it is not a Nobel Prize, it is referred to along with the other Nobel Prizes by the Nobel Foundation.[11] Laureates are announced with the other Nobel Prize laureates, and receive the award at the same ceremony.”

    So, it’s a phoney, like Krugman.

    Do nerds run? If so, what wonderful ergonomic system is used? Maybe they should have a category at the Special Olympics, like the Spanish basketball team whose members claimed they had learning disabilities.

  121. @Mr. Blank

    “I guess that kind of worked with the Germans at the end of World War II — is that what he has in mind?”

    Yes, that’s the template.

    Today Germany, Tomorrow the World.

  122. Lurker says:
    @Dtbb

    Well, you asked for it. . .

    It’s as if we’re being trolled.

    Seriously, has this woman ever received an unwanted sexual advance? Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles were unavailable for comment.

    • Agree: F0337
  123. @map

    My reading gives me the impression that leaving the gold standard was the least bad option Nixon could choose at the time.

  124. @map

    Friedman was an influence on the Thatcher government, the start of the high-debt, lose-manufacturing era in the UK. The secret is that we can get rich by taking on debt, getting women in the workforce, and selling each other houses and coffee.

  125. Tulip says:

    “And that rage may destroy America as we know it.”

    At least Krugman ends on a hopeful note. . .

  126. LondonBob says:
    @Song For the Deaf

    When I lived in Moscow we had some American Jew come and lecture about privilege or whatever, I took the opportunity Russian free speech afforded me to give her both barrels, blacks do poorly because they are stupid, whites should be privileged as they are our countries, immensely satisfying.

  127. F0337 says:
    @syonredux

    Homo-Nazi themes aside, it’s remarkably skillful illustration.
    Look at the rendering of the newspaper alone.
    Yeah, I knew about Leyendecker already.
    He drew women with equal facility.

    • Replies: @Sean
    , @syonredux
  128. F0337 says:
    @Rosamond Vincy

    Spent more time working than primping.

  129. slumber_j says:
    @International Jew

    Yeah, and what a dick he is here, wearing an anti-Trump tshirt while in Canada: “I’m American, but I’m not one of those deplorable Americans.”

    Well in defense of my fellow American Paul Krugman, close to 100% of Canadian kids with Eurail Passes put Maple Leaf patches on their backpacks so as not to be confused with the wrong kind of Anglophone North American.

    Maybe even more than 100%, come to think of it. And not that Krugman’s not a dick…

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  130. Brutusale says:
    @J.Ross

    The founder of New Balance was a guy named Riley. The guy who has been the CEO and driving force for 40 years is named Davis, the son of Greek immigrants. He gave $400k to the Trump Victory Committee.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Davis_(businessman)

    We’re Boston, not New York. Our richest people are named Johnson.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Johnson_III

  131. Brutusale says:
    @Luke Lea

    I looked into it. It is a nifty, but very minor look into why firms locate in the various places they do: for reasons of geography, transportation, human capital, etc.., including the tendency for areas to specialize, thereby tapping a large body of skills that are attracted to an area where there are a lot of opportunities for those skills, as we see in Silicon Valley for instance. It is a solid piece of work which, purely as a piece of logical analysis, would be considered a minor exercise at the undergraduate level in the field of mathematics, which is what much of modern theoretical economics has basically become. A Special Olympics so to speak as far as Nobel Prizes are concerned.

    I thought Krugman looked familiar!

  132. @anon

    California state law mandates female board directors by 2019

    It seems harmless enough, but it can only get worse. Boards are already mostly worthless.

    Broads on Boards? Boards for Broads?

    Would love to see Kav Kav the Rape Chad write the majority opinion knocking this one down on the grounds of field preemption or somesuch.

  133. @International Jew

    I agree, Krugman’s work was good enough.

  134. @Anon7

    Did you know that math and physics students are currently taught in universities that the reason that European men made so many great discoveries in science is because they were just the ones who happened to be there when all of those discoveries were just lying around on the ground, waiting to be discovered by anyone with a little bit of curiosity and a bit of education.

    They weren’t geniuses, you see. They were just guys in the right place in the right time. It could have been anyone.

    This is ridiculous about physics/math but it’s entirely true about the business and political elites. I doubt this angle is being taught though

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @BigDickNick
    , @Anon7
  135. Steve Sailer and Paul Krugman walk into a bar.

    Krugman tells Sailer that he went to Yale.

    Sailer tells Krugman that he is 6 feet 4 inches tall.

    Some guy at the end of the bar says:

    Moderate my comments on through, DAMMIT!

  136. @Song For the Deaf

    I’ve never heard Taleb talk about white privilege, but I have heard him talk about power-lifting.

  137. @syonredux

    Contemporaries said F. Scott Fitzgerald looked like the Arrow Collar Man, and you can see why.

  138. @map

    It’s really because some freaks in Germany prefer all things French. Have you ever seen the Citroën 2CV, which many Germans affectionately call the Ente?

  139. @syonredux

    That over-dressed fop with the full head of hair who is reading a book has George Washington’s nose.

    That artist ripped off the idea for that guy’s snout from a famous sculptural bust of Washington and Washington’s nose. Washington was Anglo-Norman.

    That snout is sloping right off that sonofabitches forehead, just like the famous bust of Washington!

    WASPs have little snot noses like Jenny Granholm’s peeking out of their face like a hummingbird’s beak.

  140. @F0337

    If he hasn’t been drinking, he may have rosacea. The puffy, red-veined look is typical.

    WC Fields had a severe case, and everyone thought he was an alcoholic, but he wasn’t. He just played into the image as a comic gimmick and probably found it less embarrassing than his skin condition.

  141. @Hippopotamusdrome

    I don’t have Twitter, IG, or FB. Nyah nyah!

    It also contains “Coloured people,” as opposed to “people of colour.” In addition, these days, POC hate Uncle Tom’s Cabin worse than white folks, mistaking the title character for a wimpy suck-up instead of a strong, principled Christian who refuses to betray his friends, even to save his life.

  142. @Anonymous

    WASPs are a small percentage of the people in the USA who have English ancestry.

    The best president we ever had, George Washington, was an Anglo-Norman aristocrat from Virginia.

    The Anglo-Norman aristocrats knew how to handle misbehaving Saxons and Angles: the Normans cut the heads off a lot of Saxons and Angles on Senlac Hill at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

    The Normans might still control 20 percent of English land.

    That is the long game.

    None but Americans with Norman blood on watch tonight!

  143. Pericles says:
    @Je Suis Omar Mateen

    Maybe Kruggo can discuss Droit du Seigneur with Harvey Weinstein down at the gogue.

  144. Nice words about Krugman from me:

    Krugman was aware of the impending patriotic backlash against the globalizers and sovereignty-sappers in the European Union before it broke out into the open. When the English voted to leave the European Union in 2016, Krugman had an understanding of it.

    Krugman in 2014:

    And the European elite’s habit of disguising ideology as expertise, of pretending that what it wants to do is what must be done, has created a deficit of legitimacy. The elite’s influence rests on the presumption of superior expertise; when those claims of expertise are proved hollow, it has nothing to fall back on.

    Tweet from 2014:

  145. @Hypnotoad666

    GNP actually had to be junked and replaced with GDP because the GNP calculation accounted for trade deficits. Ours were getting so big that we looked actually, kind of impoverished. That didn’t really show up in living standards so logically it did seem that an adjustment was needed.

    There are things going on that shouldn’t be possible according to classical economic theories. You shouldn’t be able print money and buy your own debt with it. Imports should be paid for with exports or nobody will sell you anything. We break a lot of rules but nothing happens. And the economists from whatever schools won’t unpack their priors and investigate the phenomena with fresh eyes.

  146. EU Anon says:
    @Anon

    Krugman resigns, takes position at City University of New Trier.

  147. Sean says:

    Most amusing. But please do something with this

    2008 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences

  148. Anonymous[140] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    They refer to a privilege that increasingly exists exclusively in their heads. I’m wondering what is such a great privilege of being a white man? That my ancestors built far more playing the same games as theirs did and with far less advantages in resources, environmental friendliness and the like? They have to screech about invisible knapsacks, increasing fabrications of hate crimes, and increasingly smaller aggressions that are magnified into colossal existential threats, all to maintain their delusion of white privilege in a world where the reality is an increasing white persecution.

  149. njguy73 says:
    @Ben Franklin Fan

    “Advice to a Friend on Choosing a Mistress”. He recommends staying away from virgins and sleeping with a worldly, older woman instead.

    Mistress, not wife. You want your wife to be young and agreeable, and your mistress to be old and non-fuck-giving. Big difference.

    • Replies: @Sean
    , @Sammler
  150. anonomy says:

    They only were allowed to run things by consent of the people. Who wants a f877king idiot to run their country? Who wants the weak and pathetic, and the America hater to protect the country? Who wants the Christian hater to protect their Christian families? We’re busy, with our families, businesses, and other aspects of living. All the had to do in the beginning was follow the Constitution and keep the country safe and free for the people, but that’s gone for a long time now. Democracy can be a nation killer, and we’re just beginning to feel it’s effects as we slowly drop into despot territory.

  151. Sean says:
    @njguy73

    In his book Gut Feelings, Gigerenzer has an interesting section on Franklyn’s suggested pro and con matrimonial prospect matrix. Gig says the only person he knows that actually based his marriage choice on it was an economist, and the marriage failed.

    https://www.newsweek.com/psychology-trust-your-gut-96189
    Gigerenzer and his colleagues have run similar head-to-head tests on dozens of real-world problems, in fields as diverse as economics and biology and health care. In every case, one good reason has proven superior to data-greedy mathematical equations in making the best choices. Psychologists now believe that these cognitive shortcuts evolved over eons in the brain’s neurons, probably because exhaustive and complex calculation was so often impractical for our early ancestors, who were always only one step ahead of their predators. Today we’re one step ahead of an information tsunami, so it’s comforting to know that the quick and dirty choices we’re forced to make on the fly are grounded in some ancient intelligence.

    Gig also quotes Barbara Bush. who said her children almost throw up when she tells them she married the first man she ever kissed.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  152. Is Krugman’s Nobel prize for Mind Reading?

    How does he know that fear of losing white privilege is the primary motivation for his enemies?

    Unless Krugman graduated from the Miss Cleo School of Mind Reading, he can drop the fiction that he has insight on other’s motivations.

  153. @map

    There are no natural limitations to where they can go, unlike farming corn, grapes, or wheat.

    Human beings are not supernatural.

  154. @Sean

    Franklin wasn’t really a people person.

  155. @The Anti-Gnostic

    The empire prints the money. The debt belongs to the country. Since the empire continues to dissociate itself more and more from the country, it still seems a safe bet.

    Needless to say, we’re left holding the bag.

  156. @Hypnotoad666

    Amartya Sen, who had strong equality/SJW/feminist views, won his Nobel in economics before Krugman. Sen was a huge critic of capitalism as it is practiced. He said, “Globalization can be very unjust and unfair and unequal, but these are matters under our control. It’’s not that we don’’t need the market economy. We need it. But the market economy should not have priority or dominance over other institutions.” He also understood that globalism brought cultural as well as market/economic changes.

    Krugman, Friedman, and their ilk don’t want anything under control, unless it is the control of the money men and have no concern for “other institutions” or cultural changes, unless the changes threaten the money men.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  157. @F0337

    Primping? Hardly.

    If he’d kept himself in shape, he wouldn’t have had to come within an inch of his professional life before his manliness kicked in.

    • Replies: @L Woods
  158. @slumber_j

    Never had one on my backpack in the early to mid 70s. Europeans could differentiate Canadians from Americans by the lousy haircuts the Americans had, and the complaints that things weren’t like they were at home.

  159. @The Anti-Gnostic

    GNP actually had to be junked and replaced with GDP because the GNP calculation accounted for trade deficits.

    No. They both deduct imports. Review the definitions.

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
  160. @map

    The pattern of who trades what with whom is an implication of the principle of comparative advantage.

    Competitive advantage isn’t anything you’ll find in a serious economics textbook. It’s a muddleheaded idea whose home is airplane books for flying businessmen.

    Car factories can indeed be buult anywhere, but they don’t run themselves; they still need workers, managers and engineers. And those (their talents that is) aren’t found abundantly in every country.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    , @YetAnotherAnon
    , @map
  161. @Anonymous IV

    Rossini niled it 200 years ago:

  162. DFH says:
    @Sean

    ‘Scientific American’, yet the claims are pseudoscience that has been demonstrated to be false many times.

    Studies in humans have found that the relationship between brain size and measures of intelligence—which themselves are deeply flawed—is weak at best, making individual human brain size mean not very much at all.

    https://thealternativehypothesis.org/index.php/2016/04/15/brain-size-and-iq/

    Correlation is between 0.24 and 0.4, which seems pretty strong to me.

    You’ll be shocked to learn that the author is a professor of Anthropology.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    , @Anonymous
  163. Sammler says: • Website
    @njguy73

    “You want… your mistress to be old and non-fuck-giving.”

    You’re doing it wrong.

    • Replies: @njguy73
  164. Anonymous[164] • Disclaimer says:

    Is Krugman really trying to say that the legions of the (supposedly jealous) professoriate are conservatives?

  165. MarkinLA says:
    @Sean

    This is really a sick society where we have so many people who can live well yet provide absolutely no concrete benefit to society. The author of that article can make a living taking silly Trump throw-away lines at alleys and get paid for idiotic columns that other equally useless people in the media can point to in order to validate their beliefs about Trump.

    If we ever do have Soviet style socialism, people like that author would be hitched to treadmills to at least generate some electricity for the people who actually do useful work.

    • Replies: @Sean
  166. MarkinLA says:
    @International Jew

    It’s a muddleheaded idea whose home is airplane books for flying businessmen.

    Can’t you say the same thing about a theory that doesn’t take into account that different places have different tastes and requirements such as big long roads in the US and small winding roads in the UK such that having all car plants in Germany makes little sense. That differences in technological advancement also correleate with political power and nobody wants to be on the bottom. Well just abount everything relating to humanity seems to be at odds with comparative advantage except for economies of scale, which failed miserably for US automakers.

    But hey it does look good on a blackboard with simple linear equations.

  167. @J.Ross

    Her face in that photograph The Forward included certainly LOOKS Jewish.

    I wonder if Kastenbaum would have been trolling for sympathy on her behalf if she had green eyes and freckles, or some other combination of traits which are associated with the British Isles as one would expect to associate with a last name like “Fair.”

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  168. @Curmudgeon

    “Sen was a huge critic of capitalism as it is practiced. “

    That must be why he married Emma Georgina Rothschild.

  169. @International Jew

    “Car factories can indeed be buult anywhere, but they don’t run themselves; they still need workers, managers and engineers. And those (their talents that is) aren’t found abundantly in every country.”

    Not many car factories in Burkina Faso, despite their young and vibrant population.

  170. @Hypnotoad666

    “It’s hard to tell from outside the field, but I have to wonder if his Nobel might be in the same category as Obama’s.”

    Nobel Prizes are supposed to be for clever and extremely brilliant intelligent insights.

    Now consider — have you ever read a single column by Paul Krugman which would indicate that the man has even a drop of cleverness or anything about an IQ of about 105… whether the subject is economics or anything else. Or does he just toe the leftist party line.

    That alone should answer your question.

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
  171. @AndrewR

    Communist ideology is hate speech.

    So, AndrewR, should there be laws against the writing, publication, dissemination, and posession of Communist literature?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  172. Anonymous[396] • Disclaimer says:
    @27 year old

    I think it’s that way in the US as well. I’ve been told by college students that blacks invented science, that whites stole it and didn’t share the opportunity with minorities so that is why they didn’t achieve.

  173. @Rob McX

    Krugman wears that helmet on the short bus, Right?

  174. Forbes says:
    @Anonymous

    Meanwhile Chad believes “staggering from alcohol consumption” is not falling down drunk, but “belligerent and aggressive.” I think Chad has mischaracterized “staggering.” Can we get an FBI investigation of Chad’s mischaracterization…

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
  175. @Lurker

    Black guys hit that, and that is a fact!

  176. Forbes says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    From Yalies and Harvard-types seething with resentment because they haven’t been awarded a Nobel, right on down to “working class [whites], who perceive a threat to their privileged position.”

    That’s quite a leap. What privileges do those working class whites enjoy?

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
  177. @International Jew

    But Krugman’s rabid anti-Bush politics (he was awarded the Prize in 2008) surely helped him with the Royal Swedish Academy of Science.

    Krugman’s animosity to George W Bush is shared by Buchananites and others.

    Maybe that’s why I like Krugman better than those other two baby boomer Jew boobs at the NY Times, David Brooks and Tom Friedman.

    Krugman has also said his Jew ancestry clouds his view of immigration and he has admitted to the anti-worker, wage-reducing effects of mass immigration.

    Don’t get me started on Krugman’s facile treatment of banks and credit as it relates to central banks.

    • Replies: @Lot
    , @Lot
  178. @International Jew

    I stand corrected.

    I recall that explanation back from the time when “GNP” dropped from popular usage and was replaced with “GDP.” It looks like the issue was foreign ownership of domestic production, not trade deficits.

    Which, of course, isn’t an issue since imports can be paid for with exports and with foreign investment–they have to be, actually. Ned Beatty’s tirade in “Network” still holds up well.

    So yes, pray ignore that part of my comment. Like I said, pretty much every economic school out there has a lot of priors to re-think.

  179. njguy73 says:
    @Sammler

    Ok, not necessarily old, but when selecting a side fling, age is less important because she won’t be the mother of your kids, and by “non-fuck-giving” I mean “not going to care about your life beyond the sex.” And hey, a MILF on the side might be fun.

  180. Forbes says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    She was/is the peeing prostitute…

  181. Forbes says:
    @AndrewR

    Markets work (and fail) the same way that democracy works and fails–often today called crowd sourcing, i.e. the wisdom of crowds. Your suggestion is no different than the progressive-left, that there is someone or some group who knows better than the people at-large.

    If you find the NYT not to your taste–for whatever reason–don’t patronize it. If you’re troubled by name-calling–or viciously hateful speech–maybe you should adjust your intake sensors. What the NYT writes reflects on them. You should laugh at them–they are laughable. Instead, you give them credit they don’t deserve.

    Who told you life is fair?

  182. Lot says:
    @Anonymous

    Ludington did detailed research on one line of his ancestry that were Huguenot migrants to Ireland.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  183. Paul Krugman knows damn well that the privately-controlled Federal Reserve Bank has created 3 sets of asset bubbles since the 1990s. The internet/NASDAQ bubble and the housing bubble and the current everything but the kitchen sink asset bubble.

    Krugman knows that the baby boomers have been the generation that has benefited the most from the asset bubbles created by the Fed electronically conjuring up cash out of thin air.

    Tweet from 2014:

    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
  184. Lot says:
    @International Jew

    It isn’t really pro or anti Trump. It is Grumpy Cat with a Trump haircut.

  185. L Woods says:
    @Desiderius

    Yes, nobody was manly until heterosexual males were forced to start lifting to keep up with the sexual rat race two decades ago.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  186. Anonymous[385] • Disclaimer says:
    @Guillaume Durocher

    Mr. Durocher, I find your writings to be frequently very perceptive, but I must say that I think your comment is quite wrong headed.

    Krugman’s prolific career as a popular economics writer has been spent advocating policies—health care reform, counter-cyclical stimulus, financial regulation, increased taxes on the wealthy, increased infrastructure spending, et cetera—that would substantially materially benefit the American white working class.

    Indeed, I find it ironic that President Trump wins countless accolades from white nationalists about his championship of the working man because he tosses some throwaway remark in a speech like “folks, we’re going to—am I right, folks?—we’re going to take of—nothing but the best—take care of our working people in this country”. While in actuality his fiscal and regulatory agenda has been, as is par for the course for Republicans, massive gifts to the hyper-wealthy donor class, with trivial sops thrown to the working class.

    Whereas Krugman has spent his career advocating for policies like universal health care, along the lines found in virtually all other industrialized nations, that would actually greatly improve the economic situation of the American working class, and yet is demonized by white nationalists on the basis of his Jewish heritage.

    Incidentally, on the subject of Israel, from a cursory Google search the only statement I could find from Krugman was a highly critical description of Israel’s policies as “national suicide” and an admission that he doesn’t follow Israeli politics closely.

  187. @Forbes

    The privilege of dealing with obnoxious bosses and obnoxious customers, and not being able to tell them off because they need the money.

  188. @DFH

    Yet?

    Scientistic ‘Murkin has been lost since the turn of the century.

  189. @Anonymous IV

    What is the “underground meaning” of New Balance shoes? Didn’t see anything online…

  190. Lot says:
    @Charles Pewitt

    Krugman in 2003:

    Of course we’ll win on the battlefield, probably with ease. I’m not a military expert, but I can do the numbers: the most recent U.S. military budget was $400 billion, while Iraq spent only $1.4 billion.

    What frightens me is the aftermath…

    It’s a matter of public record that this war with Iraq is largely the brainchild of a group of neoconservative intellectuals, who view it as a pilot project. In August a British official close to the Bush team told Newsweek: ”Everyone wants to go to Baghdad. Real men want to go to Tehran.”

    Instead we got assertions about a nuclear program that turned out to be based on flawed or faked evidence; we got assertions about a link to Al Qaeda that people inside the intelligence services regard as nonsense. Yet those serial embarrassments went almost unreported by our domestic news media. So most Americans have no idea why the rest of the world doesn’t trust the Bush administration’s motives. And once the shooting starts, the already loud chorus that denounces any criticism as unpatriotic will become deafening.

    Another column:

    Stocks and Bombs: Larry Kudlow published a column in The Washington Times with the headline “Taking Back the Market — by Force.” In it he argued for an invasion of Iraq to boost the Dow. Pretty amazing stuff, though not as amazing as a July column in The New York Post by John Podhoretz, whose headline read “October Surprise, Please,” followed by the injunction “Go On, Mr. President: Wag the Dog.” In general it’s a bad omen when advocates of a policy claim that it will solve problems unrelated to its original purpose. The shifting rationale for the Bush tax cut — it’s about giving back the surplus; no, it’s a demand stimulus; no, it’s a supply-side policy — should have warned us that this was an obsession in search of a justification.

    The shifting rationale for war with Iraq — Saddam Hussein was behind Sept. 11 and the anthrax attacks; no, but he’s on the verge of developing nuclear weapons; no, but he’s a really evil man (which he is) — has a similar feel. The idea that war would actually be good for the economy seems like just one more step in this progression…

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
  191. Lot says:
    @Charles Pewitt

    I only met one Thomas Friedman fan in my life. A partner at McKinsey who probably made a million dollars a year.

    He just has a certain appeal, like Gladwell, to rich “moderate” extroverts who like the status quo.

  192. Lot says:
    @Charles Pewitt

    Norman ancestry was completely dissipated by Washington’s time. The idea that the English upper class remained ethnic Normans beyond maybe 1300 or 1400 needs to die.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Rosamond Vincy
  193. Anonymous[396] • Disclaimer says:
    @DFH

    “Measures of intelligence-which themselves are deeply flawed…”. If they’re flawed then the rest of psychometrics is hopeless. Intelligence is the strongest area, ahead of everything else in personality, etc. Certainly better supported then the various bias bs that liberals harp on.

  194. @International Jew

    Serious question: Is the criteria for a Nobel merely that the work is brilliant, creative and interesting, or that it has some real-world benefits?

    • Replies: @International Jew
  195. FKA Max says: • Website
    @Anonymous

    3. In some ways, the culture has left its mark on etiquette, and knowing the ins and outs can help you to feel comfortable and even prevail in certain situations. For example, job interviews. weddings, visits to the boss’s house. It can be useful to hear the back story around etiquette, and how to take the approach of those to the manor born. Even if you quite happily decide to ignore everything I say. I could always be wrong.
    4. Think about the High WASP aesthetic. It’s useful to consider how, after generations of abundance, we value aesthetic restraint.
    5. High WASP culture had some other good bits. Leaving England and Scotland took guts. Writing the Constitution took brains. Building a culture that despite its sins is still the most inclusive in the world, took heart.
    6. The High WASP culture is on its way out. In 2012 the most immediate routes to financial success involve athletics, creative performance, or technology. All characterized by quite different behaviors than the High WASPs of yore. We may want to keep Please and Thank You in place, even while Just Saying No to hegemony.

    http://amidprivilege.com/2012/09/post-high-wasps/ Archived link: http://archive.is/9DXzu

    Tomislav Sunic Interviews Andrew Fraser (author of The WASP Question)

  196. Anonymous[276] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lot

    Huguenot ancestry in the US is WASP, as the Huguenot migrated to the US very early and were absorbed by the WASP population.

    • Replies: @FKA Max
  197. @Charles Pewitt

    If Banks can borrow money at ridiculously low rates and businesses borrow from banks at not much higher rates, and if businesses then use this money to buy back stock, how is this any different from a leveraged buyout of (generally small) outsiders by current management?

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  198. Anonymous[276] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lot

    The English aristocracy disproportionately has Norman surnames, right? I think the English aristocracy is disproportionately Norman in paternal lineage compared to the wider English population because of primogeniture and paternal inheritance.

    • Replies: @FKA Max
    , @Lot
  199. @Forbes

    If a guy is falling-down drunk, it’s difficult for him to hit on you. Even if you’re interested in him.

    (Survivor of many frat parties)

  200. syonredux says:
    @F0337

    Yeah, I knew about Leyendecker already.
    He drew women with equal facility.

    • Agree: F0337
  201. Lagertha says:
    @Mr. Blank

    If the RNC were smart right now (one can hope), they would put together a killer ad for all media platforms asap….TV, foremost – go on Bravo and HBO. This Ad needs to blast white privilege peddlers who bash white males…be it boys, teens, college men, service academy men, all men who toil in Dirty Jobs, dangerous jobs, skilled jobs, soldiers, police & fire, ranchers, farmers, doctors, lawyers, every job.

    I mean, seriously, without white men coming to the rescue of clogged toilets, stalled engines or downed power lines, for instance, this country is screwed. That’s what I really hate about Progressive American women: they always call a man when things fall apart and they can’t fix it themselves. At some point, deplorables should quit working for people who assume they are deplorables. I still want someone to create an app so I can avoid restaurants, shops and services who hate Trump voters. I won’t buy certain things now, like Ford, Starbucks, go to the movies, etc.

    The music should be excellent (get it composed – less $$$). It should be shocking in its dark depiction of what maligning white boys will lead to – it should scare the crap out of suburban women who are Progressives and Independents. It needs to hit them like a tsunami – put fear into their head about what will happen to their baby boy who happens to be white (this is how I got red-pilled). It should have the power like Trump’s final ad before the election: – (ignore the ads, and spiel both before and after this poweful ad) Enjoy, in case you missed it

  202. Anonymous[276] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sean

    Leyendecker’s proportions are always off. The arms, particularly the forearms and hands, are always too large. While the head is too small and the face is too youthful, like pubescent and feminine. Tom of Finland’s illustrations are similar. The limb proportions are off and exaggerated, while the heads are small and the faces are pubescent and feminine. It seems to be a homosexual thing. This look of very boyish faces coupled with limbs and muscles in exaggerated proportions developed through bodybuilding is very popular among homosexuals.

  203. Paul’s grandparents; “Please let us in. We have nowhere else to go. No one else wants us. You’re our last and best hope.”

    The United States; “Well, we’re a little reluctant to let in a bunch of Jews. Everyone who has done so in the past has lived to regret it. But okay, come on in.”

    Paul, grandson of emigrants; “You people are pretty rotten. I don’t like you. You need to be more open to invasion by a bunch of brown and black people who don’t like you. What’s wrong with you people? Have you no tolerance? No openness towards those who, like me, beg you to admit them and then turn on you with vicious indictments 50 years later. I hope you all die. And suffer horribly before you do. You are evil.”

    Invariably, in the Drama Triangle, the Persecuted Victim always turns on the Rescuer thereby becoming the Persecutor to the former Rescuer/now Victim.

    From Wiki:

    “The Victim: The Victim’s stance is “Poor me!” The Victim feels victimized, oppressed, helpless, hopeless, powerless, ashamed, and seems unable to make decisions, solve problems, take pleasure in life, or achieve insight. The Victim, if not being persecuted, will seek out a Persecutor and also a Rescuer who will save the day but also perpetuate the Victim’s negative feelings.

    The Rescuer: The rescuer’s line is “Let me help you.” A classic enabler, the Rescuer feels guilty if he/she doesn’t go to the rescue. Yet his/her rescuing has negative effects: It keeps the Victim dependent and gives the Victim permission to fail. The rewards derived from this rescue role are that the focus is taken off of the rescuer. When he/she focuses their energy on someone else, it enables them to ignore their own anxiety and issues. This rescue role is also very pivotal because their actual primary interest is really an avoidance of their own problems disguised as concern for the victim’s needs.

    The Persecutor: (a.k.a. Villain) The Persecutor insists, “It’s all your fault.” The Persecutor is controlling, blaming, critical, oppressive, angry, authoritative, rigid, and superior.”

    “In general, participants tend to have a primary or habitual role (victim, rescuer, persecutor) when they enter into drama triangles. Participants first learn their habitual role in their family of origin. Even though participants each have a role with which they most identify, once on the triangle, participants rotate through all the positions, going completely around the triangle.”

  204. @Lot

    If there is anything the working class doesn’t need, it’s another pointless war.

    Thanks to credential inflation for the most basic jobs, the only way many people can get an education (and thus a job) is joining the military.

    What we have instead of a formal draft is a socioeconomic and self-reliance draft: risk being AK-47-fodder, or spend your life on benefits and resenting the people and agencies on whom you depend. The people with character, industry, and ambition get shot first, perhaps before they’ve had a chance to reproduce. The socioeconomic parasites stay home and produce kids they can’t or won’t support.

    By all means, send our troops into battle to defend our country; that is why we have them, and they should not enlist if they aren’t prepared to risk life or limb. But don’t throw them away on more “nation-building” ventures.

    We are losing our best people, and our future, over a bunch of folks that can’t be civilized, at least not by us.

  205. @Lot

    There’s a character in an early 1800s novel by Bulwer-Lytton who’s obsessed with maintaining the Norman line in his family, but he was probably meant to be regarded as an eccentric even then.

  206. @27 year old

    Are you serious? Ask a humanities professor why africans didn’t invent anything. You will get a response fairly close to this. Literally anyone could have invented the transistor. It’s just blind luck + the legacy of colonialism that it wasn’t discovered in ooga booga.

  207. Dan says:

    I’ve been in an absolute rage about not getting into Harvard in 1968 while all those legacy Kennedys were accepted. If I weren’t having these blackouts I’d remember so much more.

  208. Tulip says:

    Krugman back in the day said some reasonable things, and wrote some decent economics for dummies trade paperbacks.

    But ever since he got his stint at the NYT, its all just hyper-partisan bullshit and talking points, essentially Sean Hannity for the Left.

  209. Art Deco says:

    The question at hand is whether (1) he is completely unaware of the stupidity of his remarks or (2) the artifice is signaling within a certain subculture or (3) he’s quite aware but displaying his impunity.

    One thing about Krugman: he’s received in the last 17 years almost no public criticism for his conduct from academic economists. He’s been semi-retired for about 10 years. He now teaches only 40% time and his academic and professional publications have been filler. IIRC, John Seater of North Carolina State once wrote a column criticising his conduct, but even he was polite about it. Otherwise, it’s crickets from this nation’s economics departments. In a very other-directed, status-conscious occupation, his peers can be said to own this situation, and, in a just world, would be tainted by it.

    • Agree: Desiderius
  210. @AndrewR

    Much like so-called hate-crimes, it will be used almost exclusively against us. Blacks attacking whites or kidnapping white handicapped people pretty much never get a hate-crime enhancement. Meanwhile, a white man is getting hate-crime charges for accidentally running over and killing a white woman (Heather Heyer). Getting this one article taken down would accomplish nothing while getting more of our guys arrested and imprisoned.
    Of course, we already have Defacto hate speech laws.

    • Agree: AndrewR
    • Replies: @AndrewR
  211. @Desiderius

    Jews have had this ax to grind against since long before Peggy McIntosh inflicted her plague on us. She just gave them the cultural ammo to do it with.

  212. Joe Walker says: • Website

    I wish Krugman would call on his fellow Jews to stop sending their children to Ivy League universities such as Harvard and Yale. I wish he would also call on his fellow Jews to give up their high paying jobs on Wall Street and in the media and Silicon Valley. This would help to create more opportunities for the blacks and Hispanics that Krugman claims to want to help.

  213. @L Woods

    There’s been a noticeable decline since manual labor, remunerative and otherwise, went out of style.

  214. map says:
    @International Jew

    And my point is that there are no comparative advantages, only absolute advantages. Such absolute advantages are determined by politics, not economics. This is why you have nations that build cars that have never built their own car industry organically. They just import the knowledge they need.

    That’s why Mexicans, Brazilians and Chinese build cars, even though they’ve never developed their own car industry, unlike the French, Italians and Germans.

    Outside of agricultural, manufacturing of one kind or another can be moved from place to place. This is the essence of capital mobility that renders Krugman’s and Ritardo’s arguments moot. These are basically court intellectuals justifying something their paymasters want them to do.

    • Replies: @International Jew
  215. Boomtrain says:
    @Art Deco

    What about Greg Mankiw? He’s been calling Krugman out on his bullshit for at least a decade

    • Replies: @International Jew
  216. @map

    Ok, that’s fine, I won’t try to correct you further. Your comment and mine can be complementary. You’ve explained why, by your lights, Krugman’s economics are wrong. I’ve explained why members of his profession viewed his contributions as Nobel caliber.

    • Replies: @map
  217. @Art Deco

    One thing about Krugman: he’s received in the last 17 years almost no public criticism for his conduct from academic economists.

    Because he mostly talks about politics, so his colleagues don’t care; let the man pursue his hobby. When he’s commented about economics (and said something precisely enough so that it can be considered right or wrong), he has drawn fire, for example when he went after Reinhart and Rogoff — https://www.businessinsider.com/reinhart-and-rogoff-vs-krugman-2013-5

  218. @Boomtrain

    Mankiw teaches at Harvard. He’d have nothing to gain and much collegial good will to lose if he stooped to mudwrestling with Krugman.

    Niall Ferguson, on the other hand, also from Harvard (during the relevant epoch) but in a different department, has been less solicitous.

    • Replies: @Boomtrain
  219. FKA Max says: • Website
    @Anonymous

    Sunningdale maintains a house in Normandy:

    The school has its own chapel, and a house in Normandy, France to which each boy goes for a week three times during his time at Sunningdale.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunningdale_School#Background

    La Vacquerie

    http://www.sunningdaleschool.co.uk/la-vacquerie/

    The Duke of Westminster attended the school:

    Duke of Westminster in his own words – BBC News

    Source: http://www.unz.com/jthompson/alma-mater-2018/#comment-2103563

  220. AndrewR says:
    @Tars Tarkas

    Thank you for disagreeing without being rude and condescending – a skill which seems to elude many commenters here…

  221. Lot says:
    @Anonymous

    Perhaps solely their Y chromosomes are more Norman. But overall, the random dude in a yorkshire village if anything has more Norman ancestry than the upper class, who have breeding with non-Norman foreigners for a very long time.

    The fanciest nobleman in England is the Duke of Norfolk. His mother was half American. His son and heir married an Italian woman.

  222. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Dirk Manley

    I do think it is screamingly suspicious that she hides all details of her parents and insists on her non-Jewishness, but nobody has found anything solid. As far as looks get you, nobody looks more like a stereotypical Jew than a solidly Catholic Frenchman.

  223. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Dirk Manley

    BACKDOOR! Revolutionary Communist speech is prohibited in existing law, and was redundantly prohibited in the 50s. Not through some exception or hypocrisy, not through some legally illiterate concept like hate speech, but because, being revolutionary, it is automatically the advocacy of violence and an attack on the Constitution.
    It’s obviously under-enforced now, but it never goes near the issue of limiting speech.

  224. Anonymous[276] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lot

    I don’t think that’s actually true. Yorkshire is in the north and was heavily Anglo Saxon and Danish. The Normans’ base was in the south. The Normans conquered Yorkshire and dominated landownership there like they did elsewhere, but did not dominate demographically.

  225. FKA Max says: • Website
    @Anonymous

    Disclosure: I have Huguenot ancestry.

    There are quite a few parallels between Jews and Huguenots (French Protestants, some of whom fled France and settled in the Protestant parts of Europe — including Prussia –, North America, etc.)
    [...]
    I find it curious, and I don’t believe that it is entirely coincidental, that two of the main critics of the centralized power of the European Union, multiculturalism, and Muslim mass immigration into Europe, Thilo Sarrazin and Nigel Farage, both have Huguenot ancestors
    [...]
    I can’t go into all the details, but I think Jewish ethnic networking and nepotism coupled with an above-average verbal IQ and other genetic predispositions (see details below) is one of the explanations for their great financial, academic, etc. success. I do not begrudge them their success, but I think they are often taking it too far and that causes understandable backlashes and resentments from the native populations, that host them. You don’t find this with Huguenots, in my experience, they (naturally) integrate more easily and more willingly into their (Protestant) host cultures and countries.

    http://www.unz.com/article/two-cheers-for-trump-advisor-mike-anton-he-has-the-right-enemies/#comment-1775364

    A group of 45 Huguenots arrived in Charleston in April 1680, having been sent to the colony by the English King Charles II to work as artisans, and began holding sporadic services the following year.[5]
    [...]
    Huguenots continued to migrate to Carolina throughout the first half of the 18th century, though most of their congregations were gradually absorbed into the Episcopal Church.[5]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huguenot_Church#History

    The Huguenot Society of America was founded in 1883 through the initiative of Alfred V. Wittmeyer, Rector of the French Church in New York City, and a group of Huguenot descendants. Its first president was John Jay, grandson and namesake of the first Chief Justice of the United States.

    http://www.huguenotsocietyofamerica.org/

    Some other famous people with Huguenot ancestors
    [...]
    John Jay – 1st Justice of the Supreme Court

    http://archive.is/lQ5oR

    The Jays were a prominent merchant family in New York City, descended from Huguenots who had come to New York to escape religious persecution in France.

    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Jay

  226. @Hypnotoad666

    “Brilliant, creative and interesting” are enough. In fact any one of those by itself can be enough. Economics isn’t about taming atomic energy or curing cancer; I think you know that. What is less understood by laymen is that economists aren’t all that concerned with making predictions either. For the most part, economists are satisfied to explain stuff that’s already happened.

    Not that that’s so easy at all. What caused the Great Depression? Economists are still debating that.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  227. @Dirk Manley

    True. But it also seems like none of the pundit columnists ever say anything particularly smart or original. They just regurgitate the current talking points making the rounds from their side, or else they say, in effect, “wow, there’s a lot of stuff going on, it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.”

    Seems like a pretty easy gig actually.

  228. An increasingly diverse society no longer accepts the God-given right of white males from the right families to run things, and a society with many empowered, educated women is finally rejecting the droit de seigneur once granted to powerful men.

    Finally, in the 21st Century, empowered, educated women are rejecting the customs that fell into disuse 1,000 years ago!

    So much written by the Great and Good falls into the category of unintentional self-parody. The NYT would be the best comedy publication on earth, except that so many people take it at face value.

  229. MEH 0910 says:
    @J.Ross

    Star Wars: The Last Plinkett Review

    Mr. Plinkett examines Star Wars Episode 8 The Last Jedi.

  230. MEH 0910 says:

    Heavens a Yale Man!

  231. @J.Ross

    What if the Devil is in charge of law enforcement?

    That’s a response to both you and Andrew.

  232. donut says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    It’s the latest way to welcome the diverse to our shores .

  233. MarkinLA says:
    @International Jew

    What is less understood by laymen is that economists aren’t all that concerned with making predictions either.

    The ONLY thing that makes a science useful is that it can makes accurate predictions that can be used for a good end. Some sciences like plate techtonics maye never get to that point but that is the goal – to predict the timing and intensity of earthquakes with sufficient accuracy to save lives and property.

    I always thought economics was a worthless psuedo-science. Thanks for lettimg me know even economists think that way.

    • Replies: @International Jew
  234. MarkinLA says:
    @ThreeCranes

    They are not buying the stock back on behalf of any individual. They are supposedly reducing the float and therefore increasing the EPS. Given the tax laws and the current EPS it might actually improve things for the other shareholders and the stock price would go up.

    The big problem in reality is that these buybacks are usually just a smokescreen to hide the fact that the company is giving tons of stock options to the top executives. All it does is hide the increased float that would have oiccurred from the shareholders.

  235. @Hypnotoad666

    What “getting Munsoned” means in the South:

    “We just stepped on their face with a hobnail boot and broke their nose! We just crushed their face!”

  236. @Lot

    I don’t think a lot of the Norman lower classes ever left France for Britain. The Norman DNA would be hard tease out in any event because it originated in Scandinavia, like a lot of genes in Northern England already before 1066.

  237. @Boomtrain

    Yeah, but Mankiw always stayed classy. Even Krugman was on what for him would be his best behavior.

  238. @MarkinLA

    When I said predictions I was referring to the image, promoted by the kinds of economists you’re most likely to see on TV, that half our profession is devoted to forecasting the stock market and the other half, to forecasting macroeconomic aggregates (GDP, unemployment, interest rates, etc).

    Some are, but most aren’t. Understanding the past (as I was saying) has merit if the study of history has merit: I don’t think anyone will dispute the value of studying history. Even if history is not a science.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  239. Anon7 says:
    @27 year old

    You say it’s ridiculous- and yet it’s true. Here’s how it works. First, The deprogramming. These great mathematicians and physicists of the past, they’re just aristocrats with too much money and too much time on their hands. They’re no better than you! Don’t be intimidated by Euler or Newton or Leibniz or Gauss.

    So pick your obscure area of math or physics and don’t worry. If you’re a woman or a minority, we’ll find funding for you, believe it.

    • Replies: @ben tillman
    , @MarkinLA
  240. MarkinLA says:
    @International Jew

    The biggest reason to study history is for ethnic pride. The second biggest reason to study history is that, although it does not repeat itself, it sometimes rhymes. When was the last time economists made predictions that even came close to rhyming? It seems to me they tend to fall all over themselves declaring that this time it’s different because that is the best way to get to the top of the heap – make some crazy prediction and be the lucky one where it actually comes close.

  241. @Anon7

    You say it’s ridiculous- and yet it’s true.

    You misunderstood him. He didn’t say the claim about what they’re doing is ridiculous. He said what they’re doing is ridiculous.

  242. map says:
    @International Jew

    Most of the economic babbling about comparative advantage comes from Paul Krugman himself.

  243. MarkinLA says:
    @Anon7

    It is true because most people’s math background ends at making change from a purchase. They have absolutely no knowledge of how difficult higher level math can be. Their lack of general knowledge also helps. I doubt very many people know the story of Bill Gate’s mathematics career. I think he got an 800 on his SAT, went to Harvard, realized he was nowhere near what the truly gifted students were, and decided to focus on programming.

    I saw the same thing as an even less gifted math major. However, when you talk to people on the outside, they all think that if somebody took Algebra 2 and Precalculus instead of Auto Shop they could have been a math major too.

  244. Luke Lea says:
    @International Jew

    No offense, but I just re-read Krugman’s Nobel acceptance speech. While my emphasis was wrong —
    I should have put specialization first on the list, because it underlines increases in economies of scale, which was the main factor he identified for why developed countries traded with each other even in the absence of comparative advantages — was not entirely off the mark. And if I remember correctly he elsewhere produces a more general model explaining location of production. I admit however I have only give cursory attention to the matter.

    As for trade between developed and undeveloped economies, in which the comparative advantages rely in the relative abundance of capital and low-wage labor respectively, I assume you would agree with what I say in the second paragraph? If not, then I will accuse you of not knowing much about HO trade theory.

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