NYU Professor Aswath Damodaran is a leading academic who specializes in the valuation of stocks, companies, goats and any other asset that is not an option. The Professor's blog, Musings on Markets, is a pleasure to read, very well reasoned and very educational for those interested in things financial.
Recently the Professor wrote an article, "Beijing Blunders: Bull in a China Shop!". He begins the article by discussing how it is not trivial for him to criticize China. China has the assets and wherewithal to significantly disrupt the professor's life. I commend the professor for writing the article in which he pulled no punches. More professors should consider such articles if and when warranted.
In eight years of blogging I rarely refer to a person as "Professor", although I frequently reference academics. It is a sign of my continuing respect for Professor Damodaran.