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"Critics of Paul Krugman call him acerbic and boastful, unfair on the attack and unwilling to make concessions on the defense, certain that he is correct, and always sure that those who disagree are mendacious or foolish (or both). And I cannot deny that these criticisms are accurate."

No googling!


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Ryan Van writes:

I'll make the unsuspected bet and say Krugman said it, that or a Krugmanite of some repute.

david writes:

There are only so many prominent 'Krugmanites' (likely because of the behavior described above). I looked it up and found that I guessed right.

It's not really the unsuspected bet in this context ;)

Chris writes:

Bernanke is a fun guess...

Brad DeLong!

Wilmot of Rochester writes:

DeLong or Mankiw.

Jason Brennan writes:

But at least he's almost always right, right?

no writes:

Robert Kuttner of the American Prospect?

Brad DeLong writes:

Naughty, naughty, Bryan!

You need to quote the whole paragraph--or nothing at all.

But maybe you want to keep your current status as a preeminent bullshit artist.

Billy writes:

I'm going with Delong.

taimyoboi writes:

I don't know who said it. But a better post would be to take bets about whether Brad Delong's Top Econ Paragraphs will ever not feature a paragraph by Krugman...

The Sheep Nazi writes:

Paul Samuelson.

E. Barandiaran writes:

"Op-Ed columnist Paul Krugman has the disturbing habit of shaping, slicing and selectively citing numbers in a fashion that pleases his acolytes but leaves him open to substantive assaults" (Daniel Okrent, "13 Things I Meant to Write About but Never Did," The New York Times, 22 May 2005).
At that time Okrent was retiring as NYT's public editor.

Ryan Vann writes:

"There are only so many prominent 'Krugmanites' (likely because of the behavior described above). I looked it up and found that I guessed right.

It's not really the unsuspected bet in this context ;)"

Yeah, but who honestly talks in third person? Even if you assume the quote is true, nobody is that self absorbed.

Matěj Šuster writes:

It should be noted that the immediately following sentence in the original source is this statement about Krugman:

"But all these are outweighed by one fact: he is almost always--not always, but almost always--right."

jb writes:

Prof DeLong- given your longstanding tradition of selectively editing other people's quotes and deleting critical comments from your blog, I really don't think you have a leg to stand on here.

Or are you simply afraid that Bryan might someday surpass you in the rankings?

Dominik Stroukal writes:

Matej has got the point. The sentence is important... Even though its great to make people thinking (and googling) about people like DeLong. But Im afraid of this form...

over there writes:

I don't think you should be hard on DeLong. Smart guy but very insecure.

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