Friday, January 9, 2015

: re: Voodoo Time Machine

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From: barry levine
Date: Fri, Jan 9, 2015 at 10:26 AM
Subject: re: Voodoo Time Machine
To: ""

To the Editor:
   If Economics were a science like physics is a science, disproven
ideas (like trickle-down) would stay as dead as the luminiferous
aether.  But Economics occupies a space that is neither wholly science
nor wholly not. When professor Krugman writes "it’s a symptom of
[Mitch McConnell's] party’s epistemic closure. Republicans know many
things that aren’t so, and no amount of contrary evidence will get
them to change their minds...we’re looking at a political subculture
in which ideological tenets are simply not to be questioned, no matter
what. Supply-side economics is valid no matter what actually happens
to the economy, guaranteed health insurance must be a failure even if
it’s working, and anyone who points out the troubling facts is ipso
facto an enemy" he describes a religious war, not an academic dispute.
Barry Haskell Levine

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