So Paul Krugman announced on his blog that he doesn’t read any contrary opinions. If you’ve ever seen Krugman’s columns, that’s pretty self-evident. They’re knee jerk partisan, intellectually incurious, and filled with easily refutable points and factual errors, and it would be hard to believe he’s ever ventured outside of an echo chamber to write like that.
As I said in a recent column, the left is basically the defenders of the status quo trying their best to keep us from fixing a broken system, and the last thing someone in that position wants to do is be exposed to a contrary opinion. The oddest part though is the arrogance. These are fringe leftists with no influence (even among the choir, Krugman has got to be getting pretty tiresome) telling everyone else they’re irrelevant? At what point do you stop dismissing him as a silly partisan and recognize this is actually a mental problem keeping some on the left from interacting with reality?
We could just ignore these people and move on without them, but that’s not very compassionate. They are incapable of understand why people on the right do things, so they’re going to be very scared and confused by what’s going to be coming. Think of a small child getting a shot; all he knows is that the doctor is hurting him. So it seems like we should do something to help these people understand. Or at least give them a lollipop afterwards.