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Published On: Mon, Jun 10th, 2013

NY Times columnist Paul Krugman says NSA program pushes US to kind of ‘authoritarian’ state

NY Times columnist and economist Paul Krugman discussed the NSA surveillance Sunday on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

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“There was a really good article written five years ago by Jack Balkin at the Yale Law School. He said that technology means that we’re going to be living in a surveillance state. That’s just gonna happen. But there are different kinds of surveillance states. You can have a democratic surveillance state which collects as little data as possible and tells you as much as possible about what it’s doing. Or you can have an authoritarian surveillance state which collects as much as possible and tells the public as little as possible. And we are kind of on the authoritarian side.” (Emphasis added)

Krugman later discussed the economy, the slow growth before saying it’s ‘creeping up.’

“We are in this kind of sour equilibrium.  I mean, the economy is growing, jobs are being created…”

STEPHANOPOULOS:  But only two straight months of job growth.

” Yeah, but you know, it’s a growing population, it’s a growing workforce, the shares of adults who are employed has been flat for several years, way below normal levels.  We are just creeping up,” Krugman stated.

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