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Paul Krugman (born 1953) is a Nobel Prize-winning economist and columnist for The New York Times. He is a Keynesian/social democrat who favors global free trade and criticized the Obama Administration for crafting an economic stimulus bill that was too modest to be effective. He opposes farm and ethanol subsidies and populist protectionism (of the sort espoused by Lou Dobbs and Pat Buchanan) and is a fierce critic of supply side economics. Conservatives, of course, view him as a
dirty hippy who wants to give free steaks to the Greeks mouthpiece for the liberal socialist agenda. He gets most of his facts right too. Unfortunately, while an economic expert, he is not the best at public speaking, once even losing in a debate with Ron Paul because he was unable to respond properly on live television.
Some people with their sarcasm detectors turned off believe that Krugman is insane because of a 1978 paper he wrote on "interstellar economics." This is actually a parody if you can't tell after reading the first few lines. It is generally agreed upon that cranky Krugman is the best Krugman.
 Liberal only when convenient
Despite being a well respected economist, Krugman had the biggest brain fart of his career: in an article published meant to be "critical" of Bernie Sanders, Krugman outright says that "too big to fail" was not what caused the Great Recession, despite actually writing that too big to fail was the cause of the Great Recession not too long ago. 
 Hate him? Let's strawman!
“”To fight this recession the Fed needs more than a snapback; it needs soaring household spending to offset moribund business investment. And to do that, as Paul McCulley of Pimco put it, Alan Greenspan needs to create a housing bubble to replace the Nasdaq bubble. Judging by Mr. Greenspan's remarkably cheerful recent testimony, he still thinks he can pull that off.
 See also
- Economic inequality
- Post-Keynesian economics - Krugman is a near-perfect example of the difference between New Keynesians and Post-Keynesians, as seen in his scuffles with MMTers/chartalists.
- Very Serious People - Popularized the term.
- David Brooks - His sworn enemy.
- Krugman's blog at the Times
- The Theory of Interstellar Trade
- Krugman funnies on Noahpinion
- Here Are 5 Things Paul Krugman Says He Got Wrong Over The Years, Business Insider
- ↑ Forbes calls him "the socialist laureate." (So free trade is now socialist, apparently.)
- ↑ PolitiFact on Krugman
- ↑ On the Uselessness of Debates, The New York Times
- ↑ "This research was supported by a grant from the Committee to Re-Elect William Proxmire."
- ↑ According to Ezra Klein
- ↑ Paul Krugman is Tired of Trying to Reason with You People, Brad DeLong
- ↑ Me, Myself, and Abe, The New York Times
- ↑ http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/why-the-banks-should-be-broken-up-20160408
- ↑ Me and the Bubble, The New York Times
- ↑ The full quote