Paul's Nobel: Nicht Ein Unrecht
By Bryan Caplan
Gordon Tullock is always my first choice for the Nobel prize, but Paul Krugman’s win is, as the Germans say, nicht ein Unrecht – not an injustice. Yes, he’s often screamed himself silly, but the best fifth of Krugman’s corpus is excellent. As I guest blogged on MR years ago:
[A]s a cock-eyed optimist, I’m very happy to have him around. Think about it: The world’s most famous left-wing economist:
1. Blames European unemployment on labor market regulations that hold wages above the market-clearing level. (The Accidental Theorist, Part 1)
2. Publicly and articulately advocates free trade without hemming or hawing. (Pop Internationalism)
3. Identifies anti-globalization activists as the enemies of the world’s poor. (The Accidental Theorist, Part 3)
4. Titles an essay “In Praise of Cheap Labor: Bad Jobs at Bad Wages Are Better than No Jobs at All” (The Accidental Theorist, Part 3)
5. Points out that if you oppose Big Government, you should favor cutting Social Security, Medicare, and other popular programs. (“The Lost Fig Leaf”) Sure, he’s hoping to scare us away from libertarian rhetoric, but there’s no use running away from the truth.
Prediction: When Obama wins, Krugman will quickly drop his partisan hackery. He’s unfair to his enemies, but he does not suffer fools gladly. And it’s safe to say that a year into Obama’s presidency, there will be plenty of folly for Krugman to decry.