Paul Krugman Unvarnished and Live Monday Morning


Paul Krugman will be headlining a conference I have helped organize titled “Back to the Economy: Confronting America’s Growth Challenges” that will take place at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington from 9:30 am until 2:00 pm.
Paul Krugman, less his professorship, is a pretty good target of what I want to be when I grow up. He is one of the world’s most influential writers and thinkers, who speaks truth to power every time he writes. He has one of the most coveted perches in political and economic journalism in his regular column in the New York Times. I have a long way to go.
If you haven’t read The Great Unraveling: Losing Our Way in the New Century, you must make time to do so. It’s been out since the end of 2003 — but it is still whoppingly relevant, more so in fact.
When last I saw Paul it was at Princeton University where he is a professor of economics — and where he was speaking at a conference on the decline of liberal internationalism in American foreign policy. The meeting was organized by Charles Kupchan, G. John Ikenberry, Peter Trubowitz, and Anne-Marie Slaughter. While I was mesmerized by Krugman’s comments, which were the best and most insightful in the conference, I also enjoyed learning that he reads TWN.
But if you are free and wake up early enough to join us, hearing Paul Krugman’s views of the American and global economy — and the sorry state of political realities that undergird these — is an excellent way to spend any Monday morning.
The rest of the conference is intriguing as well. I will be moderating the Krugman session and much of the rest of the program along with my colleagues Bruce Stokes and Sherle Schwenninger.
Just drop my name at the door if you would like to attend the meeting. There is no charge (and we are actually serving lunch!)
The meeting will not be taped by C-Span which really wanted to record this but simply has too many cameras in the field. So, we will have a high quality recording posted (on this blog) late in the day.
— Steve Clemons

Read Paul Krugman’s piece this morning in the New York Times, “Bursting Bubble Blues,” about the pain on American citizens from the bursting housing bubble.


8 comments on “Paul Krugman Unvarnished and Live Monday Morning

  1. bill says:

    Where is the recording of Krugman’s comments?


  2. MP says:

    Krugman is how I learned about tpm to begin with, and then TWN, so I owe him a big debt of gratitude. I wish his column in the NYT didn’t cost. I miss his column


  3. selise says:

    should we look here, new america, or somewhere else for the audio? very much looking forward to it… thx.


  4. Crab Nebula says:

    Steve, you’re fantastic. You’re a fine writer. You’ll get to that perch someday….the only flaw I see is an inability to not see the larger strategic picture politically, as evidenced in your admiration for the very ordinary, dishonest and unwise John McCain (well, he IS really good with the press, that’s an admirable skill) and the functionally obsolete Lincoln Chafee.


  5. JoMoHo says:

    Thanks in advance!


  6. Mark says:

    Looking forward to the audio-link. Thanks for doing this!


  7. Carroll says:

    I love Krugman. He really is brillant. And his writting and columns make even complicated economics easy for people to understand exactly what is happening right now.


  8. profmarcus says:

    i, too, am an ardent admirer of paul krugman… i particularly admire how he has been able to learn and grow out of his self-admittedly sheltered position in academia to find his full voice today… he avers that coming to the nyt was a major factor in his final loss of innocence because it forced him to confront the full realities of the horrors of the bush administration on a daily basis… i would propose, steve, that, in order to better follow in his footsteps, you might need to rethink your dogged moderate, centrist rationalism… i greatly respect moderation, but in dealing with radical, power and money-crazed extremists, that approach is guaranteed to be mowed down by fixated ideologues… if nothing else, that has been the story of the past six years… there is no reasoning with dedicated evil, for whom rules, diplomacy, rational thinking, and moderation are merely objects of derision…


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