For my money, Krugman is the greatest
economist alive today, and historically, he's right up there with John
Maynard Keynes and Adam Smith. I guess some other people think
he's pretty good, too, because he got the Nobel prize in 2009.
Plus, he writes lots of stuff non-economists can understand.
Krugman has been writing columns for the New York Times for many years,
and I think I've read every one. They largely deal with American
economic and political issues. These columns are available at:
Krugman also has a blog called "The Conscience of a Liberal".
Some of the entries are a bit cryptic. Some require thought and
perhaps a fair level of economics knowledge. (He marks these as
"wonkish"). Some seem to be trying out ideas which later appear
in more polished form in the columns. It's often very
informative, too, and very often updated. I have a hard time
imagining how the guy can write so much well-researched stuff, and
still have time to be a university professor. There is a
link to the blog from the above site.
I've also read several of Krugman's books. The most recent is
"The return of Depression Economics and the crisis of 2008". Very
Before that, there was "Conscience of a Liberal". Don't let the
title put you off. This is a very important book, about the fall
of inequality between rich and poor in the U.S. during the 1930's and
40's, and its more recent rise. He attributes the more equal
America of the 1950's and 60's to government policy, and the rise over
the last few decades to the erosion of those policies. This is
quite relevant to Canada, too, where similar, but not identical shifts
An earlier book, "the Great Unraveling", is a collection of New York
Times columns from the early reign of George Bush II. Krugman was
an early opponent of Bush's policies.
Siddiqui writes in the Toronto
Star. Columns are available at
These are often very informative and contain information about the
Muslim world you won't find elsewhere if, like me, you're limited to
the English language.
With so much hate propaganda around from so many sides, we need more
voices like this.
Good international affairs
analysis. Dyre usually makes sense to me and is a good source of
information. Occasionally, he writes about economic issues, and
then he usually doesn't make sense as far as I am concerned.
I find many of the things here
interesting, although there is some that is less well thought
out. It is good that someone is out there trying
to balance the rubbish from places like the Fraser Institute.
(You can guess who gets more big bucks - these guys or the Fraser