As if to help crystallize my attempts to get Daniel Kuehn to see why Krugman has been aggravating me on the issue of free-trade advocacy, Gene has a great post in which he suggests that it’s all due to the pay of Big Imports.
Can we all agree that a good test would be my treatment in The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism? That is obviously a very punchy, snarky treatment, and it’s intended for the general public.
I promise I don’t have it in front of me. I haven’t read my treatment of tariffs/protectionism in that book in years. So if any of you have it, can you please type in the comments how I talk about this stuff?
#1: If I don’t make it clear that certain workers can be hurt, especially in the short-run, then I will be much more gentle and understanding when I write in the future on Krugman’s discussion of this.
#2: If I make it clear that certain workers can be hurt, then I am going to continue with my original plan of saying Krugman is full of it when he suggests that the “elite case for free trade” has been a scam and “basically dishonest.”