Paul Krugman: Our Unknown Country

Paul Krugman: Our Unknown Country. Paul Krugman is a very PC writer for the New York Times. Often vitriolic, openly contemptuous of anyone not holding PC views. Won a Nobel Prize for economics, but not for politics or human understanding. A Keynesian, of the stubborn school that says if Keynesian prescriptions aren’t working it is because we haven’t tried hard enough yet, not because the theory is bunk.

We still don’t know who will win the electoral college, although as I write this it looks — incredibly, horribly — as if the odds now favor Donald J. Trump. What we do know is that people like me, and probably like most readers of The New York Times, truly didn’t understand the country we live in. We thought that our fellow citizens would not, in the end, vote for a candidate so manifestly unqualified for high office, so temperamentally unsound, so scary yet ludicrous.

They voted against people like you Paul, for wrecking their prospects, for the contempt you heaped on them, and because they don’t want to be peasants in your empire.

We thought that the nation, while far from having transcended racial prejudice and misogyny, had become vastly more open and tolerant over time.

We thought that the great majority of Americans valued democratic norms and the rule of law.

It turns out that we were wrong. There turn out to be a huge number of people — white people, living mainly in rural areas — who don’t share at all our idea of what America is about. For them, it is about blood and soil, about traditional patriarchy and racial hierarchy. And there were many other people who might not share those anti-democratic values, but who nonetheless were willing to vote for anyone bearing the Republican label.

So clueless.

I don’t know how we go forward from here. Is America a failed state and society? It looks truly possible.

Maybe the US will go back to its founding principles and constitution, instead of your global elitist political correctness.