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Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future

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There is no better guide than Paul Krugman to basic economics, the ideas that animate much of our public policy. Likewise, there is no stronger foe of zombie economics, the misunderstandings that just won’t die.

In Arguing with Zombies, Krugman tackles many of these misunderstandings, taking stock of where the United States has come from and where it’s headed in a series of
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by W. W. Norton Company
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Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
If individuals can be said to have an Overton window I would say mine is centered around Bernie Sanders and AOC with on one side the far-left stuff like Chomsky or Anwar Shaikh to my left and Paul Krugman to my right. I realize that my window is far to the left of many people but that is where it is right now. This is a collection of pieces on the economy that Krugman wrote for the New York times to combat bad-faith actors in our political system aka right-wingers on economic policy. Krugman is ...more
Ryan Boissonneault
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
The problem with the political right of recent history is not that they don’t think like the left, or that they operate according to a different political philosophy. The problem is that the right has no qualms about presenting intentionally misleading and false information to achieve political gains at all costs (The left at times can do this too, of course, but not nearly to the extent of the right.)

Since the right operates according to a very simplistic platform, they are ideologically
Dan Graser
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a very fine collection of essays, blog posts, and articles covering essentially two decades worth of issues, though there are also a couple of foundational works from the early 90's included as well. Nobel prize winning economist Paul Krugman displays a breadth and depth of work that includes economic research and public policy polemics. The focus of this volume is dealing with an element of post-truth speak in which ideas and notions that have been consistently and thoroughly debunked, ...more
If you are interested in macro-economics, in the way political and economic decisions affect the world, then you’ll want to read (or listen to) this book. It’s a compilation of Krugman’s essays, columns, and blog posts from 2004 through late 2019, discussing everything from health care to tax cuts, from depressions and recessions to economic prosperity.

Krugman does have a political bent which is more liberal and Democratic leaning than Republican. Nevertheless, regardless of your political
This is a compilation of earlier articles and blog posts that have aged well. I especially liked the examinations of unemployment and the discussions of the Euro.
Tom Johnson
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I usually avoid topical books (too easily OBE) but PK is my hero

Economics = not an easy subject to write about but Herr Doctor Doctor does a stellar job. I read his column in the NYT - not to be missed if one wants to have a understanding of spending and taxes. I struggle to remember: "Difference between monetary and fiscal policy. ... Monetary policy involves changing the interest rate and influencing the money supply. Fiscal policy involves the government changing tax rates and levels of
Andrew Pratley
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
It is always a pleasure to spent some time reading the thoughts & views of Paul Krugman. I am one of those sad souls who read economics & politics for pleasure. With Paul you get both. Much of what he says, I agree with, & over the years he has convinced me to turn away from Monetarism & embrace Keynesian.

Mr Krugman worked in the Reagan administration, as a young man. He described his time there as that of being a technocrat seeking to do some public good. Today, he is highly
Nader Rizkalla
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked Krugman’s economy views, and I disliked his political ones.

Krugman, as most liberals, is failing miserably to understand the existential threat to Western civilization which is driving the political sentiment to the right.

His view that Republican Party supporters are just old grumpy white men is shallow and childish. His hatred for the right makes him also severely blind to the terrible corruption within the Democratic Party.

If he is protesting that the republicans are just supporting
Roland Monsegu
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I was not expecting so much opinions and ideology. It is disappointing.
Feb 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Another intellectual fraud promising a bright future as long as you have a pure heart, a strong belief in his god and pay his speaking fees.
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Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Paul Robin Krugman is an American economist, liberal columnist and author. He is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, Centenary Professor at the London School of Economics, and an op-ed columnist for The New York Times. In 2008, Krugman won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for his contributions ...more
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