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Krugman writes: "Is it cruelty, or is it corruption? That's a question that comes up whenever we learn about some new, extraordinary abuse by the Trump administration."

Economist Paul Krugman. (photo: Forbes)
Economist Paul Krugman. (photo: Forbes)

Trump and the Merchants of Detention

By Paul Krugman, The New York Times

09 July 19

Every betrayal seems to profit the president and his friends.

s it cruelty, or is it corruption? That’s a question that comes up whenever we learn about some new, extraordinary abuse by the Trump administration — something that seems to happen just about every week. And the answer, usually, is “both.”

For example, why is the administration providing cover for Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, who almost surely ordered the murder of The Washington Post’s Jamal Khashoggi? Part of the answer, probably, is that Donald Trump basically approves of the idea of killing critical journalists. But the money the Saudi monarchy spends at Trump properties is relevant, too.

And the same goes for the atrocities the U.S. is committing against migrants from Central America. Oh, and save the fake outrage. Yes, they are atrocities, and yes, the detention centers meet the historical definition of concentration camps.


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+15 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-07-09 14:40
Why does RSN print stories that you can't finish reading unless you are a subscriber to the New York Times?????????? ?????
+8 # FarMor 2019-07-09 18:35
Right! Thank you. I join in your complaint.
0 # Diane_Wilkinson_Trefethen_aka_tref 2019-07-10 10:47
First – I agree that this practice is un-RSN.
Second – There is a way, at least at present, to get around this problem.
After you click “READ MORE” and as soon as you see the top top of the article on the NYT website, scroll down as far as you can to see if/when the article finishes loading. Immediately save the page to your computer as HTML only. Then break the connection to the NYT. Now you can read the whole article at your leisure AND the bonus is that you can save the article if you wish to.
0 # draak 2019-07-11 12:28
Thanx for this tip, but it's really too complicated. Besides, I think it would work only for a maximum of 5 articles / month - but I'm not sure of this.
+2 # janie1893 2019-07-10 00:11
Add my annoyance to the list!
+1 # Porfiry 2019-07-11 10:15
Protect them fetuses. But once they are out, slam 'em into cages, remove medical care, and toys, and education. Valued before they come out; devalued once they do. Insane!!!

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