6/15/2002 12:20:00 PM
by The MinuteMan
Did I Forget to Check Krugman's Sources?
Oh, you knew I would eventually.
From "The Rove Doctrine
", only Dr. Delong: "The Berkeley economist Brad DeLong
" is problematic, as already discussed.
Very little partisan labeling on the left or right in this column otherwise.
Now, in his Friday piece, "Plutocracy and Politics
", Krugman bases his piece on a new book by Kevin Phillips titled "Wealth and Democracy". Who, you wonder, is Kevin Phillips? Ask the Professor:
"Mr. Phillips, a lifelong Republican
". Interesting. By my inspection, this is a rare partisan label. Probably put in there because the whole argument gains credibility if it is coming from a righty. Not that Krugman lacks credibility, of course not, but still.
So, is Kevin Phillips a "lifelong Republican
"? I've got google
, how hard can this be. Hmmm, evidently "Kevin Phillips" is also a popular footbal player in the U.K. Ooops. But I will find commentary
and bios here
, and even here
. And I will read about his book
at Amazon, and observe that people who bought his book also bought:
What Went Wrong: Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response by Bernard Lewis
Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro
Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative by David Brock
Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace by Gore Vidal
The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: An Investigative Reporter Exposes the Truth about Globalization, Corporate Cons, and High Finance Fraudsters by Greg Palast
Lots of Democrats eager to buy a Republican book, or a lot of curious Republicans, or open, questing minds everywhere, no wonder I have such a hard time mingling at cocktail parties. And there is a TAP article about George Bush titled "His Fraudulency the Second
", and a description of his latest book
and personal development by Paul Wilson, and some ambiguous stuff
So I am left with no doubt that Mr. Phillips is a very bright, thoughtful man who was once a Republican and now seems to be troubled by the nature of both parties. And I suspect that Mr. Phillips might say something like "I am a Republican in the tradition of Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, it is the Republicans who have changed". But I know Krugman would not resort to lawyerly tricks, so, in common usage, I wonder:
Is this man a Republican?