Paul Krugman Keeps Getting COVID Wrong

Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman speaks during an interview in New York, May 4, 2012. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)
Safetyism is the lifeblood of statism, and COVID has given people the excuse they need to forever normalize intrusions.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W hen you believe every tribulation of mankind can be solved by a smart technocratic state mandate, you tend to see everything through the prism of politics. So it goes with Nobel Prize–winner Paul Krugman, who now claims that the Delta variant spike — the one that ran through Britain recently — is a “red-state crisis” with “nakedly political roots.” And by “political roots,” Krugman is talking about the reluctance of certain governors, specifically Ron DeSantis, to embrace draconian shutdowns and mandates.

Throughout the pandemic, Krugman would write a breathless column about the coming apocalypse in Florida or Texas every time a

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