A former student sends me this short piece from the great Krugman:
I realize how lucky I am to have reached a place where I’m no longer in the rat race
But there are no promotions I’m seeking, no honors I desperately desire that I don’t already have
no more steps to climb, no more boxes to check
This was included in his short reaction to Larry Summers withdrawing his name from contention for Fed Chair. Well, if this isn’t pretty clear admission that the push for behavior modification by the nanny-state leftists is because they are projecting themselves onto others, then I don’t know what is. The first time I ever heard of the “hedonic treadmill” or “tournament pay models” was from this crowd, not the crowd it was being pointed at. That was in my time at Cornell. Fortunately for me, even if I desire some award or honor, I’ve decided to stop trying. Not hard. And all without a gun forcing me to do so. By the way, go read the first paragraph of that piece – pretty scientific statement there.