Four of America’s boldest journalists met on 13 June 2006 in New York City to break the silence surrounding the topic that dare not speak its name: Class War in America. Paul Krugman, op-ed columnist of the New York Times, takes on the issue of inequality. Amy Goodman, of Democracy Now!, will discuss the latest tricks played by the movers and shakers against the moved and the shaken. And BBC investigative reporter and bestselling author Greg Palast will preview tales of economic conflict from his new book, Armed Madhouse: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War. Plus a special guest, Randi Rhodes, from Air America Radio.
Thomas Friedman’s Underpants
[New York] Von Eckardt, our chief investigator, joined me and Krugman in the green room. She’s a big fan of Paul’s and couldn’t wait to hear two of her favorite economics writers talk privately about the great issues of the day.
“I wring them out as absolutely tight as I can,” said Krugman, “and by the morning they’re just a little damp but you can still wear them.”
I had a different technique for stretching the supply of underwear on book tours: Wear them into the shower or, in a pinch, turn them inside out.
“There’s one guy that has a clean pair Fed-Ex’d to him every day and he puts the dirty ones in a return envelope.” The “guy,” of course, had to be Thomas Friedman. …more
Greg’s Letter Printed In The New York Times
Re: Paul Krugman’s Op-Ed on December 2
To the Editor:
Paul Krugman (“Hack the Vote,” column, Dec. 2) warns against the danger of computerized voting machines, but the real danger is the new, federally mandated computerization of voter rolls.
As he mentions, the disaster in Florida in 2000 was the wrongful disenfranchisement of voters.
Katherine Harris’s office, using a computerized database with known faults, misidentified these citizens as felons, then purged them from voter registries.
Last year, with little fanfare and less scrutiny, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act, which effectively orders all states to buy the computerized voting machines that Mr. Krugman rightly dreads. Worse, the law requires all states to computerize their voter rolls and purge those lists of suspect voters, a la Florida.
Heaven help us when President Bush and Congress tell us that they are going to “help” us vote.
GREG PALAST New York, Dec. 2, 2003
The writer, an investigative reporter, is the author of a book about the disenfranchisement of black voters in Florida in the 2000 election.