Paul Krugman is a respected economist and writer – and a Nobel Prize winner. He’s also the intellectual leader of the Democrats’ push for bigger government. From his perch at the New York Times, he pontificates on economics, politics, society, foreign affairs, and a whole host of issues.
But how much stock can you put in an ‘intellectual leader’ who seems to stifling dissent and refusing to admit when he’s wrong?
Yesterday Krugman wrote this on his blog:
It’s no secret that the reaction of a significant number of Republicans to the presidency of Barack Obama has been a bit, well, insane. And don’t start making false equivalences by talking about some video someone once posted on MoveOn’s web site, or some comment someone once posted at Daily Kos. Did any U.S. Senators compare the Bush administration to Germany on the eve of World War II? I don’t think so.
Of course, if there was one defining feature of the Bush years, it was the nearly endless assault from liberals comparing Bush to Hitler. I knew that there were several instances of Senators and Representatives drawing such comparisons, and I submitted them as comments. I was surprised to look at Krugman’s post today and find that all three examples were still ‘awaiting moderation:’
But while my comments were still ‘awaiting moderation,’ some 40 others had been published – even thought the first of those was submitted more than 7 hours after my last one. One can only wonder why my comments are so controversial. Is the Times checking to see whether Robert Byrd and Dick Durbin are really Senators? And here’s another surprising thing: while I sent Krugman’s post to a number of friends and suggested that they correct him, not a single comment is published showing Krugman’s mistake. Instead, virtually every published comment sings from the Krugman hymnal. Either some critical comments are being suppressed, or Krugman has no readers beyond MoveOn.org (which I acknowledge is a real possibility).
Krugman frequently criticizes public figures for refusing to admit their errors. I wonder how long it will take him to show he’s any better.
Update: Within two hours or so of publishing this post, some 40+ new comments were added to the Krugman post. My comments – the ones you see above – are now nowhere to be found. It seems they have been rejected.
Now here’s the question: why were they not allowed?