On the reappearance of Good Krugman

Anyway, interesting stuff. At this point the approved move is either (a) go to the IMF or (b) invade the Malvinas. Somehow, (a) doesn’t seem likely — and Putin did (b) in advance.

Snigger.

15 thoughts on “On the reappearance of Good Krugman”

  1. Invading the Falklands led to the fall of the Argentinian government and the restoration opf democracy – Russia is already a democracy – and 99+% of the Falklanders didn’t want the Argies while a majority or very substantial minority of Crimeans felt they wwere Russian, so Krugman is demonstrating his lack, of disdain for, historical knowledge.
    IMHO the stated result of the post-invasion vote was phony, no surviving Crimean Tatar (or child of a survivor) would ever vote to be Russian rather than Ukrainian, a majority is plausible.

  2. “Malvinas” – anti-British distortion. One part of the Falklands had alternate names “East Falklands” or “Malouines” after St Malo on the French coast of the English Channel. The East Falklands being the most distant from Argentina. There was no alternative hostorical name for the West Falklands .Distorting the French name (based on a visit 74 years after the British discovery, so a piece of chutzpah in the first place) to make it sound Spanish is puerile.

  3. John 77 interesting fact but still looks a bit petty to quibble about it. They do genuinely call the islands that. *****Anecdote alert****. A few years ago I was training the guys from our BA office on our new global CRM/ database system. The training involved creating some dummy entries and very near the beginning i typed in to the system “Good Air”…- A sales manager asked why and i said I had to translate Buenos Aires into English for the location field. (this was my jokey way of making the point apologetically we had only single language support) It took a few seconds for the penny to drop but instead of a light chuckle all I got was loud shouting and very little else was accomplished in that session. I don’t do that kind of thing anymore.

  4. John 77, did it occur to you that Krugman was trying to make a joke, not provide a carefully thought out comparison of Crimean and Patagonian history?

    Maybe not a good joke, but it works a bit better if you say “Malvinas”, like the authoritarian crackpot seeking a distraction would say. Just like Putin has invented a region called Novoryssia (or something).

  5. Luke –

    Given how casual Krugman is with facts, one can never assume he’s joking rather than distorting, fabricating or outright lying. To be on the safe side, I’d suggest your first assumption should be that he’s outright lying and then work back (very slowly) towards joking.

  6. So Much for Subtlety

    john77 – “One part of the Falklands had alternate names “East Falklands” or “Malouines” after St Malo on the French coast of the English Channel. The East Falklands being the most distant from Argentina.”

    Actually I prefer to refer to what is wrongly called Argentina as the West Falklands. I suggest we wait until economic collapse is complete, and then annex the entire country. Those that don’t like it can move to Paraguay or somewhere. And moderately competent British rule will return the West Falklands to its former economic wealth.

    It makes sense really. I suggest we start throwing purile and childish fits every time someone uses the historically inaccurate “Argentina” to what is rightfully British. After all, we did control the economy once, and they do play rugby, of a sort, so British they are.

  7. @SMFS
    Patagonia was colonised by the Welsh, so we should wait for Wales to declare independence and *then* asert sovereignty over Patagonia.

  8. @ Luke
    NO
    That would assume that every reader of the Krugman blog had an in-depth understanding of the history of the Falklands and the Crimeasn Tatars who were persecuted and exiled by Stalin, an ally of FDR.
    I think he is an American.

  9. John 77, FFS, the Krugman post was not about the Falklands. It was taking the piss out of Russia for being a basket case.

    Are you one of these UKIP/Scots nats nutters who think criticism of Uncle Vlad is an implied criticism of the blessed Nigel/Alex?

  10. Fucking Hell, I atually agree with So Much for Subtlety. Alas the modern English would only make the country even worse.

  11. @ Luke
    I can and do criticise Putin from time to time just as I can and do contradict you. Russia is not a basket case just because it is going into a 2008-style recession. It is a resource-rich economy which has enjoyed a regular trade surplus for several years; it has currently high but tolerable levels of inflation and has just enjoyed an exceptionally good harvest.
    The slump in the oil price is causing a budget and trade deficit and now a currency panic but that does not make it a basket case.

  12. John 77

    “Are you one of these UKIP/Scots nats nutters who think criticism of Uncle Vlad is an implied criticism of the blessed Nigel/Alex?”

    So the answer is “yes, I am a nutter and a quisling. And I would like to lick Putin now”. Good. Glad we have that straight.

  13. @ Luke
    Wash your mouth out with soap.
    It is quite possible for someone to dislike Putin, condemn him for engaging in a covert attack on a neighbouring country, both of which I do, and be too honest to agree with your lies.

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