Sometimes the blogosphere really is an echo chamber. I'd like to join in.
Brad Setser has been silenced, via the devious mechanism of, um, hiring him for a job at the White House.
I've admired Brad for a very long time. It is not an exaggeration to say his blogging altered the course of my life. I was a Java programmer curious about economics when I stumbled upon Brad's original blog at RGE Monitor. I learned an incredible amount trying to make sense of his deep and intricate posts. I became quite the groupie, first as a silent lurker, then as a participant of annoying frequency in the incredible comments section he has always inspired. My thinking, and the changes in direction that my career has taken, owe a very great deal to that experience. In a just world, I would have paid Brad Setser a lot of money as tuition.
His disappearance from the blogosphere is a terrible loss. I have not been a fan of the current (or previous) administration's handling of the financial crisis, and am terribly cynical about many key players in the economic policy establishment. Although I have often disagreed with Brad, I trust him very deeply, both in terms of the quality of his work and the concerns that drive him to do it. I'm not sure whether to be pleased or mad about Brad's abduction to the corridors of power. That will depend, I think, on how carefully his colleagues listen to the irreplaceable voice they have deprived us of.
Thank you for everything, Brad. Now go save the world already. Goodness knows you've been trying for long enough.