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Nobel Prize for Economics

November 11, 1986

Once again the fall fashions in emperor's clothes are exquisite:

In 1985 the Nobel Prize in literature went to Claude Simon, a man whose writing is unencumbered by grammar or plot. Now the 1986 Nobel Prize in economics has been awarded to James Buchanan, a man who has mastered the seemingly unremarkable observation that politicians and bureaucrats act to serve their own self-interests rather than the broader public interests.

I have determined to nominate myself for the 1987 Nobel Prize in medicine: I have observed and quantified the phenomenon that when I eat too much chocolate cake I get fat.

DOUG LEVINSON

Santa Monica

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