Paul Krugman: Why I Won’t Attend the Protest I Support

New York Times economic columnist and Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman (famous for his “alien attack theory for economic expansion”) has expressed his support for the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters.

Given that, some are wondering why Krugman won’t attend. Today, he tried to explain:

Some readers have been asking me to go make a speech at one of the OWS demonstrations. If you think about it, however, you’ll see why I can’t.

I’ve been granted the enormous privilege of expounding my own views twice a week in the world’s greatest newspaper. I try to make the best use of that privilege, doing all I can to get the truth across and also advocating for what I believe to be the right policies. There are, however, some restrictions that come with the privilege; one of them is not crossing the line between advocate and activist. And there are good reasons for drawing that line.

I think the explanation is much more simple than that.

If you were a wealthy hypocrite member of the “upper one percent” expressing support for people who loathe the upper one percent, would you rather spend tonight here:


Or here?