April 25, 2011

A POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY THAT REQUIRES A ONE PARTY STATE...:

What’s Left of the Left: Paul Krugman’s lonely crusade. (Benjamin Wallace-Wells, Apr 24, 2011, New York)

For the first two years of the Obama administration, Krugman has been building, in his columns and on his blog, not just a critique of this presidency but something grander and more expansively detailed, something closer to an alternate architecture for what Obamaism might be. The project has remade Krugman’s public image, as if he had spent years becoming a chemically isolate form of himself—first a moderate, then an anti-Bush partisan, and now the leading exponent of a kind of liberal purism against which the compromises of the White House might be judged. Krugman’s counterfactual Obama would have provided far more stimulus money and would have nationalized Citigroup and Bank of America. He would have written off Republicans and worked only with Democrats to fashion a health-care reform bill that included a so-called public option. The president of Krugman’s dreams would have made his singular long-term goal the preservation of the welfare state and the middle-class society it was designed to create.

...obviously isn't much use in a democracy, nor does it deserve the honorable title of liberalism. It is illiberal.

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