Go ahead and peek at the answers.
People who get upset over the appearance of Ben Stein’s columns in the Sunday NYT simply fail to understand their purpose. They are not to be treated as serious analysis of the economy or economic issues.
Rather, Stein’s columns are meant to be treated like a puzzle. Readers are supposed to find all the various inaccurate statements and outright errors that appear in each column. They are like the game where two pictures are juxtaposed and the reader is supposed to find the twelve subtle differences between the pictures.
Let’s see how many of the errors we can find in today’s piece, which is supposedly reflecting backward from 2089 on the collapse of the U.S. economy: