I read the NYT regularly as my readers might have noticed. I know that some consider this paper a leftist paper.
I think they exaggerate, if anything the NYT is a centrist paper,
In any case that judgment, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder.
Be that as it may, recently Friedman defended Saudi Arabia, of all countries.
He was given a special interview by the almost king of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman. Friedman basically told us that finally the desert kingdom had woken up and was about to fulfill its millennial destiny to bring Arab Culture to a very high place.
Later events rather point out to a very anarchic rule by an inexperienced kid.
Now the second part.
Paul Krugman is not only smart, he has an Economics Nobel Prize in his belt, he is also a good person, at least he defends middle class people in his NYT columns frequently. He is not a leftist like that giant from MIT, Noam Chomsky, but he is ok.
The point of this note though, is that the Trump presidency is destroying many decent and good programs in the US, and both of these thinkers, in their own way are helping us to resist.