Is this the weasel way of saying “you smell bad and you scare me?”

Paul Krugman, who has been cheering the occupying army within a short walk of his own office, somehow hasn’t managed to show up and support them in person.  A couple of days ago (and I don’t know how I could have missed this!) he explained why.  I’ve offered translations in square brackets, to help you understand the subtext.  For ease of reading, I’ve also broken the original single paragraph up into four separate paragraphs composed of one sentence each:

I’ve been granted the enormous privilege of expounding my own views twice a week in the world’s greatest newspaper.  [Unlike you losers, I have a cushy, well-paid job.]

I try to make the best use of that privilege [I therefore would never dream of p*ssing off my employer], doing all I can to get the truth across and also advocating for what I believe to be the right policies [because where else am I going to get this kind of bully pulpit from which to disseminate my special brand of Left-wing economic propaganda?].

There are, however, some restrictions that come with the privilege [mostly, not soiling my lily-white apparatchik hands]; one of them is not crossing the line between advocate and activist [by which I mean not crossing the line in person.  In fact, I routinely act as an activist on television and in print].

And there are good reasons for drawing that line [namely, that showing up in person would mean that I would have to leave my well-paid ivory tower, and mingle with very smelly, antisemitic, greedy, and not too bright people who are hungry for violent confrontation].

It’s all a matter of reading between the lines, folks.

 

 

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  1. Mike Devx says

    OWS protesters are the infantry.  Paul Krugman is very high up within the Ministry Of Propaganda.  One such as he does not deign to intermingle with such as they.  Their purpose is to march to the tune that he generates.  Theirs is hardtack biscuit and water; his is a steak dinner at only the finest of restaurants.

    Despite all his convoluted phrasings and pontificational words, it is quite simple: they are the rabble, he is the elite.  

    “Let someone else do that dirty work of appearing in public to inspire the troops!” might go the Great Krugmanesque thought patterns.  ”Let some entertainment schmucks do these things that are beneath me, someone like Bob Hope or Rita Hayworth, or posters of Betty Grable, as served in World War II.”
     

  2. says

    The thing about propaganda is that its greatest weakness is the fact that it can’t reattach a decapitated person’s head back on their body and make people believe the dead guy is still alive and kicking. So it’s sort of a rock is beat by paper thing.

    So assassination tends to work well against propagandists, because it is the one thing they can’t spin very well. Well being dead tends to decrease one’s propaganda output anyways.

  3. heather says

    I read some of the comments on his original article by his fans, and I was amazed at the adoration.  Absolutely sickening.  Even if I completely agreed with Krugman, I still would have found it over the top.  I don’t usually read much Leftist stuff – perhaps this is typical?

  4. Gringo says

    heather
    I read some of the comments on his original article by his fans, and I was amazed at the adoration.  Absolutely sickening.  Even if I completely agreed with Krugman, I still would have found it over the top.  I don’t usually read much Leftist stuff – perhaps this is typical?
     
    IIRC, there have been several instances where Herr Doktor Krugman has cut off comments when too many have not agreed with him.
     
    Book, ’twere an exceedingly good snark. Of course, Herr Doktor Pomposity is an easy target.

  5. suek says

    >>IIRC, there have been several instances where Herr Doktor Krugman has cut off comments when too many have not agreed with him.>>

    I wonder if he also selectively deletes…

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