Brad DeLong is a professor of economics at UC Berkeley. He is a Keynesian. He is also a vicious, no-class jerk.
I shouldn’t call people names, you say. But what if he really is a vicious jerk with no class?
Proof: economist Bob Murphy wrote a lengthy and quite persuasive piece in response to the Krugman/DeLong victory dance over the CPI figures. DeLong then selectively quotes from Bob’s piece in order to make Bob look like an idiot, and then refuses to link to Bob’s original article so people can see the selections in context and read Bob for themselves.
This is pretty low, even by Internet standards.
Brad, when was the last time Bob acted that way toward you? I’ll make it even easier: when was the last time he acted that way toward anyone? I’ll wait.
UPDATE: DeLong has relented, though naturally he couldn’t resist one last insult: “UPDATE: I have a complaint that I am unfair to Murphy because I only quoted 170 words from Murphy rather than the full 5000 words of his reply to my 70 word note that he had (a) lost his bet and (b) failed to update his beliefs.
“Well, here’s the whole thing. It doesn’t make him look any better balanced:”
Really? Read Bob for yourself. Does he sound insane to you? Or does it sound like he is taking down Krugman and DeLong in systematic fashion?