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Krugman Dips His Toes in This Thing of Ours

NYT columnist praises Beinart, refers to Israeli ‘national suicide’

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Paul Krugman must have known that his brief post endorsing Peter Beinart’s “brave” book The Crisis of Zionism would get plenty of negative attention: that’s the whole point of calling Beinart brave. And, duly, it has. (Here is an exemplary negative response.)

I think it’s clear what Krugman was trying to do: lend his credibility to somebody he agree with who, he believed, is getting unfairly attacked. But Krugman has the biggest platform of any writer on the planet: why not take the time and devote a well-reasoned column to it? He might have conveyed exactly what he was trying to say, only at greater length and with more eloquence. Whereas even if he does this now, it’s going to be tainted by his far too casual, tossed-off blog post.

And I’d bet Krugman has something interesting to say. He’s both a smarter and more heterodox thinker than the right gives him credit for. His paper trail on Israel is quite thin (“I basically avoid thinking about where Israel is going,” as he admits, more in sorrow than in laziness), but, like most of the top economists in the United States, he is connected to the brilliant (and left-wing) Israeli central banker Stanley Fischer. In 2010, he called Israel’s economy one of the rare “happy stories” in the midst of global recession. Naturally, being a doctrinaire tax-and-spend liberal Nobel-winning economist, he recommended more government spending argued, “The case for fiscal stimulus is not necessary.”

The Crisis of Zionism [NYT The Conscience of a Liberal]
The Bravery of Beinart, and Krugman [Jewish Journal]

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yevka says:

Marc if you’d really read Paul’s piece you’d understand that he didn’t elaborate how on how  he agrees with Peter Beinart for the very fact that Peter Beinart was kicked all over the place like a tin can for his book which by the way IS brave. By the way I think you should proofread your post and change the tense of agree to agreed that way it will have grammatical sense and read more fluidly.  Really snarky post and childish too.

    Yevka,shut up no one is asking your opinion ,specially today on IOM ATZMAUT,we are sic and tired of left wink nincompoops like you

      yevka says:

       The day you shut or censor my mouth is the day you’ll discover yourself the presiding dictator of a banana republic…incidentally ARE you the dictator of such a place? Maybe one day you’ll get lucky but I very much doubt it.

jacob_arnon says:

Paul Krugman needs to read this op ed piece in his own paper:

“Peace Without Partners”By AMI AYALON, ORNI PETRUSCHKA and GILEAD SHER There isn’t going to be a Jewish “suicide” in Israel. lately Krugman has been accusing many others of dreamiing of suicide. Read his op ed piece on the EU a few days ago. Really Krugman get a grip.

    yevka says:

     Ha ha! jacob, get a gripe! Yeah, why not every other tone deaf nut has got one and you’re obviously not special. Try to find unblind the opening to your slammed shut closed mind. Keep working at it. Practice makes perfect.

julis123 says:

Ah of course the “expert”economist  Krugman who totally missed the economic the economic crash and his friend the other “expert” Friedman. Both NY Jews who do not have to pay the consequences for being wrong about their advice that they give to Israel. 
By the way if they were to leave the echo chamber of NYC and ask Israelis, they’d find that 90% have never heard of either one of them and could care less about their opinions.

Boychic says:

If it was up to Jews like Krugman and his oped buddies in the Times, there would never have been an Israel. They should delve into their personal histories to discover how they got here and why Israel is not just a country, for Jews it is a necessity. 

    markbenl says:

    You need to read between the lines a little, but that Thomas Friedman has always been gunning for Israel’s destruction.

HLLMD says:

We can’t have it both ways. That is to brag about our nobel prize winners and the complain about them when they speak out. There are many Israelis as well as liberal Jews all over the world that agree but are not brave enough to take the heat of appearing to be disloyal to the party line. The NYT is not our enemy!

Krugman is an economist and about the furthest thing from an expert on the Middle East as any international figure who comments on Israel.  This amounts to a book blurb solicited by a literary agent or by an author from a friend.  

Beinart has been ripped and completely discredited from almost every direction, by those who actually know something about the Middle East.  He’s trying to revive some sort of credibility and Krugman is supporting him in that effort.

    yevka says:

     Peter Beinart is everywhere I look. If he’s been “ripped” or “discredited” the way you put it then he certainly is the most lively and intellectually engaged commentator I know of on the hard realities of the Middle East because he is making public speaking appearances everywhere and people are intending them in large numbers and they are very much involved in a new discussion that is taking place.

      May be you see Peter Beinart everywhere, but as an Israeli all I can say he is totally unknown there (Less then 1% read Haaretz English) and his position is so out of line an average Israeli would look at him the same way as you would look at your plumber discussing Shakespeare. Israelis don’t talk about Zionism. They live it. No wonder he would never publish in Israel He would be laughed at.

judithklausner says:

Let’s have levity. We need some quick before we go insane with all the bad news. So, I have a suggestion. I have written a new Memoir( enhanced a bit to add humor). It is about  a woman(me) and my two children moving into the home of Rabbi Abraham J. Klausner. I had no idea what my role ( except for being his new wife) would be or if I had any part to play in his life and the lives of his very large congregation at all. This memoir is mostly funny with a few bittersweet moments here and there. It teaches  how we can adapt to the most bizarre people and problems. Two more children were conceived from our union. The first two Klausner boys of this generation. My daughter Robin wrote a quip on the back of the book that pretty much sums it up…”Nothing could have prepared the good people of Temple Emanu- el for having my mother as Rebbetzin. How she managed to break all the rules and supply never-ending gossipfodder while capturing (most of) the congregation’s hearts is the stuff of great novels. To us it was just life. The long parade of characters that populate this book were amusing sideshow denizens. She always took the center ring.”
 I like to think of life as Matzo balls…some sink to the bottom and hide while others rise to the top and float.          Judith Klausner: Phone: (949) 855 2036

william arenstein says:

Who exactly told you that Krugman is a top economist?  Surely no economist thinks so.

JamesPhiladelphia says:

My my my…..Nobel prize winners go into the news as no friends of Israel . First comes Grass the German nazi, then comes Krug of the NYT all the biased news fit to print. That’s why I prefer kugel in my lunch.

emunadate says:

It seems the more outrageous the left go, the more they are celebrated by mainstream society.  And they will feel good when the Jews loose Israel. Mainstream society thinks that most of the Jews don’t care about what happens to Israel especially from the way they speak about Israel. What the left don’t realize is that when they bash Israel and the Jews, they slowly chip away at our right to be in Israel. No one has the luxury of sitting on the fence any longer. I hope the left can see the big picture…


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