The Nobel Prize-winning economist noted in the op-ed published on Monday — headlined “The Power Of Petty Personal Rage” — that “rage explosions over seemingly silly things” are actually “extremely common on the right.”
“The point is that demented anger is a significant factor in modern American political life — and overwhelmingly on one side,” Krugman wrote. “If you really want to see people driven wild by tiny perceived slights and insults, you’ll generally find them on the right.”
“I’m not saying that most conservatives are filled with rage over petty things,” he added, paraphrasing philosopher John Stuart Mill. “What I’m saying instead is that most of those filled with such rage are conservatives, and they supply much of the movement’s energy.”
Check out Krugman’s full column here.