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Friday, January 07, 2005

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 Paul Krugman's bad novel

Really really great op-ed today by Paul Krugman:
In my bad novel, a famous moralist who demanded national outrage over an affair and writes best-selling books about virtue will turn out to be hiding an expensive gambling habit. A talk radio host who advocates harsh penalties for drug violators will turn out to be hiding his own drug addiction.

In my bad novel, crusaders for moral values will be driven by strange obsessions. One senator's diatribe against gay marriage will link it to "man on dog" sex. Another will rant about the dangers of lesbians in high school bathrooms.

In my bad novel the administration will use the slogan "support the troops" to suppress criticism of its war policy. But it will ignore repeated complaints that the troops lack armor....

Last but not least, in my bad novel the president, who portrays himself as the defender of good against evil, will preside over the widespread use of torture.

How did we find ourselves living in a bad novel?

1 Comments:

Blogger phil said...

If Mr. Krugman's book could have been worse, I suppose it would have to come up with some crazy conspiracy about a president who bankrupted a solvent public program and then proceeded to use his bully pulpit to declare the program in crisis. The saviour of our nation would then proceed to redirect funds from the program to "private investment accounts" that in the end only benefit the investor class and eviscerated the original intent of the program. Now that...would be a bad book

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