A Little More on Krugman

Along with small-government extremists on the Republican side, Krugman and his admirers were at the forefront in casting discussion of the stimulus in left vs. right terms.

In a column last week I criticized Paul Krugman's apparent belief that people who disagree with him -- let's say about half the country -- are knaves, fools or sociopaths. I said his disdain was not just absurd but also politically counterproductive. Krugman responded to my "screed," as he called it. His main point was that the disagreement over fiscal stimulus isn't really a political disagreement at all. On one side, you have people who accept some simple, uncontested facts; and on the other, you have people too knavish, stupid or sociopathic to understand when those facts are patiently explained to them.

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