I think a lot of people are quite capable or realizing that the current versions of economics aren’t working. The question is whether they are capable of finding and learning new ideas.
People who get elected to Congress are rarely thoughtful. As a group, they seem to be gregarious and pleasant, but not intellectually curious. They are not going to buch the consensus views of anything. Even if they wanted to, most of them lack the time and energy for close study. They have to spend hours raising money. We won’t get any help from them.
It would really be great if there were a few of them who were intellectually curious and who had the time to think about the problems we face instead of sitting with lobbyists to learn what the rich want to do.