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December 28, 2012

Foundation and satire

As a young man, Paul Krugman was inspired by Isaac Asimov's Foundation, later taking up economics as a means of saving humanity (from itself).

But there is an irony in Krugman's claim to have been inspired by Hari Seldon to take up social science: In his column in the NYT, he often comes off not so much like Seldon but like one of the Galactic Empire's elites, mistrustful of the Hari Seldons out there predicting the collapse of the "empire"-or, that is, the blue model.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 28, 2012 10:44 AM