Soaking the very rich makes good economic sense

I have no idea how well Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will perform as a member of Congress. But her election is already serving a valuable purpose. The thought of having a young, telegenic nonwhite...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2019 | COLUMN: Paul Krugman

Here’s how a Green New Deal could be practical

Let’s be honest with ourselves: The new Democratic majority in the House won’t be able to enact new legislation. I’ll be astonished if there are bipartisan deals on anything important – even on...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2019 | COLUMN: Paul Krugman

America! Here is your case for practical socialism

I’ve had several interviews lately in which I was asked whether capitalism had reached a dead end, and needed to be replaced with something else. I’m never sure what the interviewers have in mind;...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2018 | COLUMN: Paul Krugman

GOP leaders never really cared about deficits

Lehman Bros. failed 10 years ago. The U.S. economy was already in a recession, but Lehman’s fall and the chaos that followed sent it off a cliff: Six and a half million jobs would be lost during...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2018 | COLUMN: Paul Krugman

Krugman: Affordable Care still works despite GOP sabotage

Last week, Ted Cruz, the unexpectedly endangered Republican senator from Texas, warned that Beto O’Rourke, his Democratic opponent, would turn the state into California, with “tofu and silicone and...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2018 | COLUMN: Paul Krugman

Krugman: Justice Kavanaugh will destroy the Constitution

At a fundamental level, the attempt to jam Brett Kavanaugh onto the Supreme Court closely resembles the way Republicans passed a tax cut last year. Once again, we see a rushed, nakedly partisan...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2018 | COLUMN: Paul Krugman

Krugman: It can happen here

Soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a friend of mine – an expert on international relations – made a joke: “Now that Eastern Europe is free from the alien ideology of communism, it can return...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2018 | COLUMN: Paul Krugman

Krugman: Nancy Pelosi is a better leader than you realize

Normally, a party that gives away $2 trillion without worrying about where the money will come from can buy itself at least a few votes. But Donald Trump’s tax cut remains remarkably unpopular, and...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2018 | COLUMN: Paul Krugman

Krugman: The price of blocking technical progress on renewables is high

Peter Thiel, Facebook investor and Donald Trump supporter, is by all accounts a terrible person. He did, however, come up with one classic line about the disappointments of modern technology: “We...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | COLUMN: Paul Krugman

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