Steve Keen asked me if I had come across someone called Tim Worstall yesterday. The context was a blog post he was writing on neoliberal trolls, which is out this morning.
Steve Keen has been attacking me – most vicious, really gummy – on Twitter. Thought there was a connection there.
I rather suspect he would like to meet me. It would seem that he has written well over 4,000 blog posts about me on his blog, all identified by the hashtag ‘Ragging Ritchie’.
I have no idea what can drive such an obsession. Is it admiration? Or a deep-seated fear that I might be right? Maybe it’s dread that I could win the argument. What I do know is that this exceptionally strange behaviour has beengoing on for years.
Amazingly, I am not the one who bans him from the comments section of my blog, not the one who threatened to flounce out of a conference if I were allowed to speak at it. But, you know….
And yes, it is an obsession. We all have our little quirks and one of mine is wondering how someone who knows so little economics manages to be an economics professor.