Seen on a website today for a firm doing research and consultancy in economics:
If economists could manage to get themselves thought of as humble, competent people, on a level with dentists, that would be splendid!
(J.M. Keynes, Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren, 1930)
Now why would anyone want to choose dentists for comparison? They are only known for the fear and pain they cause, not to mention being expensive. Or was that part intentional?
The Depression is repeating, but perhaps now it's the turn of bankers.