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I think he’s having a really bad trip right now– like, Christiane Amanpour bad.
Paul Krugman would like to see space aliens attack Earth so that we’ll have to initiate a massive, economy-stimulating military build-up:
But wait– the Guardian doesn’t want that at all. And you’ll never guess what contentious environmental issue may be attracting the ire of superior intelligent life:
It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive alien attack, scientists claim.
Watching from afar, extraterrestrial beings might view changes in Earth’s atmosphere as symptomatic of a civilisation growing out of control â€“ and take drastic action to keep us from becoming a more serious threat, the researchers explain.
UPDATE: Allahpundit is funny.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been repeatedly cited as one of the big-name business leaders attending Obama’s “Growing American Jobs Summit.”
While I agree that Schmidt probably has much more to say about what currently preoccupies business leaders and investors than, say, a New York Times columnist or a Governor of New Mexico who was almost Secretary of Commerce, does Google– Google?– really have much to tell us about the vast majority of businesses in this country, other than how frequently they Google “when the hell is the government going to stop trying to murder my business?”
To get some real answers on what’s ailing the economy, maybe Joe Biden can call in some of those poorly-situated moonshiners he pledged to save with the stimulus–
Paul Krugman writes in his column (titled ironically, as Hot Air pointed out, “Paranoia Runs Deep”) for the New York Times:
The state of mind visible at recent right-wing demonstrations is nothing new. Back in 1964 the historian Richard Hofstadter published an essay titled, “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” which reads as if it were based on today’s headlines: Americans on the far right, he wrote, feel that “America has been largely taken away from them and their kind, though they are determined to try to repossess it and to prevent the final destructive act of subversion.” Sound familiar?
But while the paranoid style isn’t new, its role within the G.O.P. is.
When Hofstadter wrote, the right wing felt dispossessed because it was rejected by both major parties. That changed with the rise of Ronald Reagan: Republican politicians began to win elections in part by catering to the passions of the angry right.
Ronald Reagan has been called all manner of things– an “amiable dunce” dispensing dumb slogans, a shallow-thinking supply-sider indifferent to the poor, etc.– but this one I have not heard.
Paul Krugman thinks Ronald Reagan represents the ascendance of an angry right? What planet has Paul Krugman been living on for the last 30+ years, and why doesn’t he write for their paper instead?
UPDATE: Watch these videos and judge for yourself whether they represent the “angry right.”
UPDATE: (SINCERITY ALERT!): I can barely watch the second video without getting goosebumps and/or choking up.