Magazine | November 15, 2010, Issue

Letters

The Two Faces of Paul Krugman

Stephen Spruiell’s characterization of Paul Krugman’s difficulties as an opinion journalist is compelling (“Professor Ahab,” October 18). As a graduate student at the University of Chicago, I found Krugman’s text on international economics to be built on sturdy thinking; of his meanderings as a journalist, one cannot say the same. As for his particular ideology and normative leanings, when were they ever linked to rational thought?

However, Mr. Spruiell may be protesting too much. Mr. Krugman is a writer for an opinion section that expresses emotion and partisanship more than coherency.

So we might say that, as a columnist, Paul Krugman is only doing his job.

Matt Andersson

Oak Brook, Ill.

Courtesy Flush

Rob Long’s spirited defense of his bathroom (“Dim Idea,” October 4) compels me to sedition. Although contemporary toilets dispense only 1.6 gallons per flush, their tanks typically contain at least twice as much. If one holds the flush handle down for several seconds, the tank’s entire contents can be dedicated to dealing with, shall we say, one’s interactions with the vitreous throne.

I hope that my treason can help others flush with success, and regret that I have but one ecofatwa to drown for my country.

David N. Baxter

Webster, N.Y.

Missing Mark

Whatever happened to Mark Steyn? Quit? Fired? On sabbatical? Sent to a far-left reeducation facility?

Bill Claggett

Via e-mail

The Editors reply: Mr. Steyn is on leave.

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In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Hard Money

The U.S. economy is at risk of falling into either an inflationary or a deflationary spiral, which is a consequence of the Federal Reserve’s having been either too loose or ...
Politics & Policy

NPR’s Class Act

A few years ago, during my weekly commentary on the local public-radio station, I used the word “midget.” I was explaining the ruthless and whip-fast efficiency of the Hollywood casting machine. ...

Features

Politics & Policy

Red Scare

During the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama’s most loyal and affectionate constituency was one that cannot legally vote in U.S. elections: foreigners. His campaign and subsequent election were celebrated in European, ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Obama Vision

The charge by some conservatives that President Obama was and indeed still is a socialist has been met with disbelief or brushed aside as irrelevant by our liberal elites, most ...
Politics & Policy

Northern Light

In modern American liberal-arts colleges, the Scottish Enlightenment tends to get short shrift. Except in specialized courses focused on the intellectual history of the 18th century at the few institutions ...
The Straggler

Sad, Bad, Mad

Scowling out at me from my New York Post is Steven Hayes, recently convicted of an exceptionally vile crime in my neighbor state of Connecticut. With another man, not yet ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

The Two Faces of Paul Krugman Stephen Spruiell’s characterization of Paul Krugman’s difficulties as an opinion journalist is compelling (“Professor Ahab,” October 18). As a graduate student at the University of Chicago, ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Vice President Biden said, twice, that conservatives have spent $200 billion on political ads. He meant $200 million. Explains a lot about the last two years. ‐ Barack Obama is ...
The Long View

Update to New York Times Stylebook

FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION TO: Editorial Staff FROM: Editorial Policy Committee RE: Election pieces, approved language Oct. 26, 2010 As you all know, Election Day is one week from now, and we know you’re all busy ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

LET SPRING BE SPRING (In Memory of Marianne Moore) Something waiting to be born,     The oak tree folded in the acorn, We might say, the felicity Of potential: an embarrassment of riches Takes a chance at ...
Athwart

Tax-and-Beg Radio

The billboards for the local public-radio station say “NO RANT. NO SLANT.” That flatters the target audience nicely, eh? Unlike those wingnut stations where Rush Limbaugh speaks in tongues through ...

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

Hillary Ruins the Plan

Editor’s note: Andrew C. McCarthy’s new book is Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency. This is the first in a series of excerpts.  There really was a collusion plot. It really did target our election system. It absolutely sought to usurp our capacity for ... Read More
World

The End of Hong Kong as We Know It

The protests in Hong Kong have been going on for more than four months now, and no matter how the current crisis concludes in the coming days or weeks, it will mark the end of Hong Kong as we know it. The protests started in response to an extradition bill that was proposed by the city’s Beijing-backed ... Read More
Elections

A Brief History of Election Meddling

Editor’s note: Andrew C. McCarthy’s new book is Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency. This is the second in a series of excerpts. ‘The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.” Thus spoke President Barack Obama just a couple of weeks before ... Read More
Religion

Another Pop-Culture Christian Loses His Faith

It’s happened again. For the second time in three weeks, a prominent (at least in Evangelical circles) Christian has renounced his faith. In July, it was Josh Harris, a pastor and author of the mega-best-selling purity-culture book I Kissed Dating Goodbye. This month, it’s Hillsong United songwriter and ... Read More
Culture

Max Boot’s Dishonesty

Before yesterday, my primary criticism of the Washington Post’s Max Boot was political in nature. As I wrote in a recent book review, I found it regrettable that Boot’s opposition to the president had not prevented him from “succumbing reactively to Trump’s cult of personality, or from making Trump the ... Read More