"Is Felix really calling the creator of the Taylor rule a political hack? He’s more accomplished as an academic than anyone else mentioned in this post – arguably more accomplished as an academic than all of them put together..."In economics, one can both continually spout lies and nonsense in the public sphere and be a very successful academic.
Noah Smith, just starting an academic career, on the other hand, characterizes the knavish Greg Mankiw as "grumpy". One needs a wide-range of euphemisms to talk about (some) supposedly leading economists.
How can economics be reformed so one would have some default reason to give economists any credibility? (Obviously, I think some economists are worth listening to.)