Okrent vs. Krugman turns out just as expected:
Believe me — I could go on, as could a number of readers more sophisticated about economic matters than I am. (Among these are several who, like me, generally align themselves politically with Prof. Krugman, but feel he does himself and his cause no good when he heeds the roaring approval of his acolytes and dismisses his critics as ideologically motivated.) But I don’t want to engage in an extended debate any more than Prof. Krugman says he does. If he replies to this statement, as I imagine he will, I’ll let him have what he always insists on keeping for himself: the last word.
I could go on, but I won’t. Trust me, though, there’s a lot of other stuff I know, I just won’t talk about it now. Also, there are a lot of people who agree with me, but I won’t mention them by name. Finally, I find responding to his question tiring, and refuse to continue. But I won. Now I quit.