Professor Krugman recently wrote about incompetence, in conservative economic circles. Which brought back to memory the experience at the Autonomous University of Puebla, in Mexico, where I used to work. He mentions how some Italian academics, feign incompetence, so they can be trusted within their 'academic' gangs.
One could wonder about these gangs. Aren't professors supposed to be like saints? They profess their believes, so young people get good ethical advice. If the professor invites them to sin, they will. Many young people do not know better. Older members of academic communities must guide them, through good, virtuous lives. Buddhists, Muslims, Jews, and Catholics; as far as I know, provide guidance; that is how Humanity prospers.
These conservative 'hacks', as Professor Krugman calls them, can destroy the fabric of the civilized economic system.
How much better we would be, if there were more Yanis Varoufakis, and less ....
You can write the name of your chosen corrupt intellectual.