Economists attract ridicule and resentment in equal measure. People
mock them, in the same way they poke fun at all eggheads and
number-crunchers. But for everyone who scoffs, there is someone (perhaps
the same person) who secretly fears that economists are the unacknowledged
legislators of the world, purveyors of dangerous ideas that
are filling the heads and turning the minds of the political leaders who
claim to be in charge.