Title Arguing with Zombies
Subtitle Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future
Author Paul Krugman
ISBN 9781324005018
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 464
Book size 165 x 241 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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“In an era when facts are too often disdained and discarded, Paul Krugman wields them like a rapier. A brilliant scholar and polemicist, Krugman’s incisive columns are a beacon for anyone who cares about public policy and progressive change.”

David Axelrod


“Years after appearing in the daily newspaper, Paul Krugman’s columns resonate because he avoids the herd mentality of most journalism. Applying history, math, and humanity, he transforms our understanding of great issues and when writing on economics translates the dismal science into plain English.”

David Cay Johnston, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, an IRE Medal, and the George Polk Award


An accessible, compelling introduction to today’s major policy issues from the New York Times columnist, best-selling author, and Nobel prize–winning economist Paul Krugman.

There is no better guide than Paul Krugman to basic economics, the ideas that animate much of our public policy. Likewise, there is no stronger foe of zombie economics, the misunderstandings that just won’t die.

In Arguing with Zombies, Krugman tackles many of these misunderstandings, taking stock of where the United States has come from and where it’s headed in a series of concise, digestible chapters. Drawn mainly from his popular New York Times column, they cover a wide range of issues, organized thematically and framed in the context of a wider debate. Explaining the complexities of health care, housing bubbles, tax reform, Social Security, and so much more with unrivaled clarity and precision, Arguing with Zombies is Krugman at the height of his powers.

Arguing with Zombies puts Krugman at the front of the debate in the 2020 election year and is an indispensable guide to two decades’ worth of political and economic discourse in the United States and around the globe. With quick, vivid sketches, Krugman turns his readers into intelligent consumers of the daily news and hands them the keys to unlock the concepts behind the greatest economic policy issues of our time. In doing so, he delivers an instant classic that can serve as a reference point for this and future generations.



Introduction: The Good Fight

Chapter 1. Saving Social SecurityEssay: After the Khaki Election • Social Security Scares • Inventing a Crisis • Buying into Failure • Social Security Lessons • Privatization Memories • Where Govemment Excels

Chapter 2. The Road to ObamacareEssay: Developing a Positive Agenda Ailing Health Care • Health Care Confidential • Health Care Terror • The Waiting Game • Health Care Hopes • Fear Strikes Out • Obamacare Fails to Fail • Imaginary Health Care Horrors

Chapter 3. The Attack on Obamacare Essay: The Cruelty Caucus • Three Legs Good, No Legs Bad • Obamacare’s Very Stable Genius • Get Sick, Go Bankrupt, and Die • How Democrats Can Deliver on Health Care

Chapter 4. Bubble and BustEssay: The Sum of All Fears • Running Out of Bubbles • That Hissing Sound • Innovating Our Way to Financial Crisis • The Madoff Economy • The Ignoramus Strategy • Nobody Understands Debt

Chapter 5. Crisis ManagementEssay: The Triumph of Macroeconomics • Depression Economics Returns • IS-LMentary • Stimulus Arithmetic (Wonkish but Important) • The Obama Gap • The Stimulus Tragedy

Chapter 6. The Crisis In EconomicsEssay: The Cost of Bad Ideas • The Mythical Seventies • That Eighties Show • How Did Economists Get It So Wrong? • Bad Faith, Pathos, and G.O.P. Economics • What’s Wrong with Functional Finance? (Wonkish)

Chapter 7. AusterityEssay: Very Serious People • Myths of Austerity • The Excel Depression • Jobs and Skills and Zombies • Structural Humbug

Chapter 8. The Euro Essay: A Bridge Too Far • The Spanish Prisoner • Crash of the Bumblebee • Europe’s Impossible Dream • What’s the Matter with Europe?

Chapter 9. Fiscal PhoniesEssay: The Gullibility of the Deficit Scolds • The Flimflam Man • The Hijacked Commission • What’s in the Ryan Plan? • Melting Snowballs and the Winter of Debt • Democrats, Debt, and Double Standards • On Paying for a Progressive Agenda

Chapter 10. Tax CutsEssay: The Ultimate Zombie • The Twinkie Manifesto • The Biggest Tax Scam in History • The Trump Tax Scam, Phase 2 • Why Was Trump’s Tax Cut a Fizzle’? • The Trump Tax Cut: Even Worse Than You’ve Heard • The Economics of Soaking the Rich • Elizabeth Warren Does Teddy Roosevelt

Chapter 11. Trade WarsEssay: Globaloney and the Backlash • Oh, What a Trumpy Trade War! • A Trade War Primer • Making Tariffs Corrupt Again

Chapter 12. Inequality Essay: The Skewing of America • The Rich, the Right, and the Facts • Graduates versus Oligarchs • Money and Morals • Don’t Blame Robots for Low Wages • What’s the Matter with Trumpland?

Chapter 13. ConservativesEssay: Movement Conservatism • Same Old Party • Eric Cantor and the Death of a Movement • The Great Center-Right Delusion • The Empty Quarters of U.S. Politics

Chapter 14. EEK! Socialism!Essay: Red-Baiting in the 21st Century • Capitalism, Socialism, and Unfreedom • Something Not Rotten in Denmark • Trump versus the Socialist Menace

Chapter 15. ClimateEssay: The Most Important Thing • Donald and the Deadly Deniers • The Depravity of Climate-Change Denial • Climate Denial Was the Crucible for Trumpism • Hope for a Green New Year

Chapter 16. TrumpEssay: Why Not the Worst? The Paranoid Style in G.O.P. Politics • Trump and the Aristocracy of Fraud • Stop Calling Trump a Populist • Partisanship, Parasites, and Polarization • Why It Can Happen Here • Who’s Afraid of Nancy Pelosi? • Truth and Virtue in the Age of Trump • Conservatism’s Monstrous Endgame • Manhood, Moola, McConnell, and Trumpism

Chapter 17. On The Media Essay: Beyond Fake News • Bait-and-Switch • Triumph of the Trivial • Is There Any Point to Economic Analysis? • The Year of Living Stupidly • Hillary Clinton Gets Gored

Chapter 18. Economic ThoughtsEssay: The Dismal Science • How I Work • The Instability of Moderation • Transaction Costs and Tethers: Why I’m a Crypto Skeptic



About the Author:

Paul Krugman, recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics and best-selling author, has been a columnist at The New York Times for twenty years. A Distinguished Professor at City University of New York, he resides in New York City.

Target Audience:

Useful for anyone who cares about public policy and progressive change in the United States and around the globe and also useful for people interested in politics and economics.


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