Ep. 118 Krugman Talks Taxes, Debt, and the Innovative Post Office

23 December 2017     |     Tom Woods     |     7

In this episode, Bob flies solo when analyzing a Krugman interview with Vox’s Ezra Klein. Being close to the holiday, it’s only appropriate that our Keynesian Nobelist seems to be contradicting the ghost of Krugman past.

Krugman Interview

‘An orgy of serious policy discussion’ with Paul Krugman,” by Ezra Klein (December 14, 2017)

Krugman Columns Mentioned

A Fiscal Train Wreck” (March 11, 2003)
A Party Not Ready to Govern” (March 6, 2017)
All the Nominee’s Enablers” (July 8, 2016)

Contra Columns

Lysander Spooner vs Post Office (wiki)
What Economic Research Says About Fiscal Austerity and Higher Tax Rates,” by Bob Murphy

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  • http://2vnews.com 2VNews

    Congrats Bob, fine solo.

    • maninthewilderness

      Interestingly, I think that it almost works better as a solo.

  • davegrille

    The debt rises exponentially—It can explode with very little warning. Exponential growth provides the theoretical basis to worry about the national debt.

  • maninthewilderness

    I think it would be great if Ezra Klein listened to this.

  • Byron Allen

    Krugman is a Communist and incompetent in economics by definition.

  • Tyler Folger

    I also have not seen a good case for Net Neutrality. I don’t even know what the threat it supposed to be. A friend of mine linked me an FCC report that was supposed to be evidence of AT&T exploiting people and censoring content. But when you actually read the report, even the members who were against AT&T basically just said yes we understand that the application which AT&T temporarily removed from its basic plan was an incredible bandwidth suck and that something had to be done, but we disagree with how they handled the situation. And ironically, one of the main suggestions by these regulators for what AT&T should have done instead was to throttle bandwidth for everyone during peak load times.

  • JimD

    Belated congratulations to Bob on the podcast.

    Overall I did not think Krugman came off that poorly – Bob was even-handed in considering the earlier comments.

    Krugman does seem to have an obsession about denigrating anything Paul Ryan is involved with. Even for Krugman’s partisan polemical style, Ryan really sets him off. Maybe some back story there.