(Community Matters) I was once ridiculed at a dinner table for answering that Paul Krugman was the most influential, contemporary economist, and I stand by this answer. No worries, being ridiculed for my beliefs & opinions or underestimated is metaphorical viagra.
“powerful pain caucuses — influential groups fiercely opposed to any policy that might put the unemployed back to work. . . . now have truly impressive track records of being always wrong, never in doubt.”
You might ask why the good guys have been so timid, the bad guys so self-confident. I suspect that the answer has a lot to do with class interests. But that will have to be a subject for another column.