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Paul Krugman Refuses To Speak At Occupy Wall Street

First Posted: 10/12/11 12:42 PM ET Updated: 12/12/11 05:12 AM ET

Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman told his readers on Tuesday that they will not see him addressing Occupy Wall Street crowds or marching by their side. The New York Times Op-Ed columnist may have disappointed some with this news, but shared his thoughts on why he finds it imperative to remain on the sidelines.

Krugman has dedicated his past two columns to the Occupy Wall Street movement. He wrote that the protesters are, "angry at the right people" and that the "protests have already elicited a remarkably hysterical reaction from Wall Street, the super-rich in general, and politicians and pundits who reliably serve the interests of the wealthiest hundredth of a percent."

On Tuesday, Krugman took to his blog, writing that readers had been asking him to speak at one of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. While Krugman said he would use his column to advocate on behalf of the protesters, he wrote that officially joining the protest would be crossing the line. "I’ve been granted the enormous privilege of expounding my own views twice a week in the world’s greatest newspaper...There are, however, some restrictions that come with the privilege; one of them is not crossing the line between advocate and activist," Krugman wrote.

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