Huang Youguang: arrogant Zhang Wuchang

 Huang Youguang: arrogant Zhang Wuchang

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No.022 mens high competitiveness and arrogance: the story of four great madmen: Xie Lingyun, Liu Yazi, Li Ao, Zhang Wuchang (2)

In last weeks article, we discussed the top three of the four maniacs, Xie Lingyun, Liu Yazi, and Li Ao. Now write the fourth, Zhang Wuchang.

Some readers may not be familiar with Zhang Wuchang. He is a Hong Kong native of China and an internationally famous economist. He should be one of the few most famous economists in China.

Zhang Wuchang

I havent met the three people I mentioned before. Ive seen them on TV at most. The last one is Zhang Wuchang, whom I have met, eaten and talked with many times face to face. First of all, at least in some important ways, I am a fan of Zhang Wuchang. First of all, I admit that his articles collected in the two books of the words of the orange seller and the future of China are inferior to each other in content and writing.

A few years ago, 72 scholars were invited by editors to talk about books affecting their lives, which were collected into a book called gods on my bookshelf (Shanxi peoples publishing house, 2015). I have selected 11 copies, of which only Zhang Wuchang has two of them recommended by me. It can also be seen that I attach great importance to Zhang Wuchang.

Recently, I read his love should laugh at me: Selected Essays of Wuchang, which was published in 2013, with high readability. He is also a table tennis player, photographer and calligrapher. Obviously, Professor Zhang is a genius.

However, on the other hand, as far as I know, I am also the most powerful person who has criticized and questioned Zhang Wuchang for many times. I have written many times like attack Zhang Wuchangs shield with Zhang Wuchangs spear, OK? The discussion of. Because, he also has many views to be discussed. For example, in the book laugh at me when you are passionate (P. 63), he said, as for the gentlemen who calculate the happiness index, you need to see a neurologist. Although happiness index has many difficulties, it cannot be ignored because happiness is the ultimate goal. We have discussed some articles in the last few weeks My last discussion on Zhang Wuchang was published in August 2017 (the article of some errors in Economics: ask Professor Zhang Wuchang for advice published by China assessment weekly on August 25, 2017). But I never saw his response to me.

About 20 years ago, he said to me, we two have a lot of influence. Its better not to blame each other. I generally agree with him and have not mentioned his problem in public. Soon, however, I read that he publicly scolded me. Therefore, I have no more moderation.

Zhang Wuchang has a very high self-evaluation. For example, on page 247 of the book love should laugh at me, Zhang Wuchang said: no one can compare with me in explaining the market phenomenon, and there should be no similar one. However, it must be admitted that in this respect, at least Huang Youguang cant compete with Zhang Wuchang and is not close.

The basis of my nomination for Zhang Wuchangs arrogance also includes the following points. First, when I first visited the Department of economics at the end of 1986, he and I had lunch. When it comes to any economist, he will tell how he cant do it. It seems that no economist can catch up with him except Friedman and Kos.

Secondly, during my visits to the school of economics of Fudan University from 2003 to 2009, I had several meals with Zhang Wuchang. Once, he said, Adam Smith cant be compared, but Alfred Marshall, what contribution can I make? (Marshall is the main integrator of neoclassical economics.) I doubt I heard it wrong. I asked Li Weisen, the vice president (then) sitting next to me, if Zhang Wuchang said that? Wilson said yes. About two years later, Wesson told me that Zhang Wuchang had recently changed his language. He said, the contribution of my book economic explanation has surpassed that of Adam Smith! (general idea). But I didnt hear it directly from Zhang Wuchang. There may be misinformation.

At that time, we also heard outside that Zhang Wuchangs brother (because he speaks English, I dont know whether he is a brother or a brother) put forward a legal challenge to the heritage. He also sent a flyer to the University of Hong Kong, saying that Zhang Wuchang used some means to make their mother leave all the heritage to him.

Zhang Wuchang continued to say to us, it is rumoured outside that my inheritance is x billion yuan [this is an astronomical figure, and I dont remember the specific figure]. You can calculate that, according to this figure, interest alone, every month there are y billion yuan [also an astronomical figure]. Zhang Wuchang did not deny the rumor or or confirm it. Recently, I saw on the Internet that it was 2 million, which must be a clerical error, probably 20 billion. It is said that Zhang Wuchangs mother has a good investment vision. When people fled Hong Kong in the early years, the land price was very low. She bought a lot of parking spaces, which later became invaluable.

On the one hand, I tell these four stories because they are wonderful and true. On the one hand, it can at least partially verify that men are more competitive, so there will be more arrogant people. But more importantly, we can learn some lessons from these real stories. In addition to the differences between men and women, there are also many other differences between people. There are talents like Zhang Wuchang and Li Ao, as well as more ordinary people. Zhang Wuchang and Li Ao, or other geniuses with the same level of genius, are also quite different from each other. Lu Xuns level should not be lower than Li Aos, but I havent heard that Lu Xun is arrogant. Although Zhang Wuchang may have a high level in observing and interpreting the real economy, he often contradicts himself in logical reasoning. Like Liu Yazis arrogance, the result may not be able to the history of thousands of years will be called Weng! There may not be too much hypocritical humility, but too much arrogance is not good! For the vast majority of ordinary people, we need to be more practical and realistic, not everyone can be outstanding. Although we say that the number one scholar is in line, the number one scholar is a small number after all. As long as we can reach the level of food and clothing, be honest and sincere, and consider other peoples feelings, we can also be happy. We need to discuss more in the future.

As for the result of our vote on the champion of the four maniacs at the dinner table more than 20 years ago, I first let the readers choose to vote for themselves. In next weeks article (about discussion: the ultimate explanation of teenagers like staying up late), I just announced the result and reason.


Edited by Liu Cixin, Liu Yu, Wu Si, etc. (2015). Gods on my bookshelf, Shanxi peoples publishing house.

Professor emeritus of Monash University, distinguished professor of Fudan University School of economics, academician of Australian Academy of Social Sciences, and advisory member of global priorities Institute of Oxford University.

Born in Malaysia in 1942. In 1966, he received a bachelors degree in economics from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore and a doctors degree in economics from the University of Sydney in 1971. He was an associate professor at Monash University in Australia from 1974 to 1985, a personal chair from 1985 to 2012, and emeritus professor after 2013. Elected to the Australian Academy of Social Sciences in 1980 and whos whoin in 1986 Economics:ABiographicalDictionaryofMajorEconomists1700-1986 Ten Australian scholars and one of the ten Chinese scholars in the world won the Distinguished Fellow, the highest honor of the Australian economic society, in 2007. Invited to work at Oxford University for the first Atkinson Memorial structure in 2018.

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