How come no economist on the right is asking "Where are the Galbraiths of yesteryear?"? It's because Milton Friedman won the debate, and John Kenneth Galbraith lost. Both Friedman (on the right) and Galbraith (on the left) were once leading public intellectuals and economists. I used to read them both. I wonder how many young economists have even heard of Galbraith?
[I wrote this a couple of days back, but wasn't sure whether to post it. Today I asked a colleague in Political Science/Political Economy about Galbraith's reputation as an academic, and he said it was high - in the same ballpark as Friedman's academic reputation in economics. Then, by sheer chance, I found a Brad DeLong post, recently hoisted from his archives, saying something similar. In an alternate universe, Galbraith won and Friedman lost, and economics would be very different today. So I decided to post this, FWIW.]