Basically, Erickson is derpy
. And Erickson has big appeal to conservatives because lots of them are derpy
. But the country is getting less derpy
, and in time the Republican party will have to get less derpy
, too. That’s my project, and I don’t expect Erickson to like it.http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/08/u...
July 8, 2013, Urp Versus Derp
Jared Bernstein writes from Europe about the complete unwillingness of European policy makers to learn from their mistakes; call it Euroderp
. And it is indeed a remarkable thing: despite overwhelming evidence that austerity doesn’t work as advertised, there has been essentially no relaxation of the orthodoxy, and no admission of error.
And this illustrates a point I think many readers fail to grasp: the difference between urp
, which is forgivable,and derp
, which isn’t.
I mean just getting something wrong — and then conceding, as evidence rolls in, that you did indeed get it wrong: “Urp
! That was a bad call!” Obviously if someone urps
all the time, his credibility is diminished; but everyone is going to do it now and then. To urp
, on the other hand, means being proved wrong but continuing to loudly assert the same thing again and again regardless. Blanchard and Leigh urped
, but they didn’t derp
; the inflationistas, on the other hand, just keep on derping