Krugman and his ilk would like nothing better than to get people to believe that "socialism" is just a Republican smear of "liberalism." I won't mince words--Krugman is a liar of the worst kind.
Simply put, liberals--not classical liberals, not moderates, but liberals--LOATHED the spread of socialism in the early part of the last century because it was sneaking in under the sheep's clothing of liberalism. These are NOT the same things--I can disagree with liberalism without smearing it, but more importantly, LIBERALS back then didn't want what is happening right now to happen. They HATED Stalin but they also hated communism.
Honest liberals, whatever I think of their beliefs, have tried to get this message out. Film writer Richard Shickel (sp) in particular wrote a very thoughtful, detailed article some years ago about how Hollywood liberals became victims of the attempts by communists to pretend THEY were liberals.
This is a crucial point which Krugman knows and it reveals his true position. No genuine liberal, no honest liberal, would stand for this kind of thing, because it goes to the crux of a very important distinction which is almost gone. The youth of today who would have been liberals--people of the left who would have policy differences with us but who were loyal Americans--are becoming socialists. A true liberal--if any are left--would be fighting the corruption of his cause, not continue to obfuscate a real, important corruption.
Marxism is Marxism no matter how they try and paper it over. They can’t hide it with any amount of perfume or jewelry.
Something for nothing. The oldest scam since the dawn of mankind. That’s all Marxism has ever been and all it will ever be.