Throughout the 2000s, until some weeks after the 'credit crunch' crisis around September 2007, I was *extremely* interested in economics.
In fact, for several years I was reading a lot of economics blogs every day without fail (about ten of them?), plus their links.
I had also purchased or borrowed and read several dozen books on economics subjects, including basic textbooks.
In fact, five years ago, if you were to interrupt me at any hour of the day, there would be a reasonable chance that I would be reading economics.
So for a 'layman' I was pretty well-informed on economic matters, and felt positively about the subject.
But after observing the response of the economics profession to the current economic crisis - the mortgage meltdown, the credit crunch - I very quickly turned against economics and almost all economists and now very seldom touch economics; indeed I regard economics as a dangerously dishonest and bogus subject.