The part that reminds me of Eve Online isn't the mention of space aliens. No, it is the reason space aliens are mentioned.
KRUGMAN: If we discovered that, you know, space aliens were planning to attack and we needed a massive buildup to counter the space alien threat and really inflation and budget deficits took secondary place to that, this slump would be over in 18 months. And then if we discovered, oops, we made a mistake, there aren't any aliens, we'd be better –Krugman is actually talking about lying and manufacturing a crisis to get the public to agree to unpopular decisions. Deceipt is something players in Eve know all too well.
ROGOFF: And we need Orson Welles, is what you're saying.
KRUGMAN: No, there was a "Twilight Zone" episode like this in which scientists fake an alien threat in order to achieve world peace. Well, this time, we don't need it, we need it in order to get some fiscal stimulus.