Greg Mankiw

is an asshole:

Similarly, when I write a column for the New York Times, I am not good at predicting how much it will get people talking.  As a result, I monitor the subsequent blogosphere commentary to judge if the article is a snore (like most things that get published) or if it is commanding attention.  At the very least, I expect my articles to be noteworthy enough that within a few days Brad DeLong will call me a moronic hypocrite.  I hope my articles incite some wider commentary as well, but I never know in advance.

Okay, Greg, you’re not just a moronic hypocrite. You’re a self-serving douchebag who should be working at McDonalds instead of Harvard. Every time you open your mouth, you stain the name of an institution.

Attention, in and of itself, isn’t something to be proud of. You should be hiding in a corner of the universe for dragging the U.S. economy into the depths that it’s now in. Instead, you seem proud of yourself. So proud, in fact, that you won’t own up and allow comments on your piss-ant blogspot blog.

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