Krugman long ago gave up any pretense to empiricism. He spends his days shilling for Keynesianist meddling, and the Democratic Party, and wears his Nobel as an all-purpose shield against criticism. He is worse than useless, he is actively destructive.
Silicon Valley has created some of the most effective con men of our age, and so it is no surprise that someone like a Pallotta would arise and adopt their language and tenor. He takes every bad impulse of large charities -- high overhead, large staffs, and mission creep -- and turns them, somehow, from vices into virtues. But the approach he advocates in his TED talk would be utterly indistinguishable from that employed by the Humane Society of the United States and dozens of other money mills purporting to operate as charities, but which in fact are frauds perpetrated upon a gullible public.
Moglen's speech would have made just as much sense and have been better had he left out the "austerity" part. He never bothered to show that there was such, else why the NSA data center in the Utah desert?
While we're talking about suppression of free speech: no free speech for you, corporations. Funny, last I checked, the New York Times, the ACLU, Google, all major ISPs, are all corporations. The "free speech" he claims to protect would cease to exist.
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