• masaccio commented on the blog post Economics for Progressives

    2013-02-17 15:57:10View | Delete

    I wish there was some way to make your point about ideology concrete. I’m convinced that you are right, because all of my younger law colleagues talk the same way about economics, regardless of where they went to school or how many economics courses they took. I understand that you would start with fairly simple stuff, but you would expect that even at an introductory level there would be a strong effort to explain that the assumptions are open to question, and might well change the theories.

    We all take our introductory plane geometry class from Euclid, but I remember that in first year geometry we learned that parallel lines meet on some surfaces. That kind of lesson really sticks after a semester of working with the plane. The same thing needs to happen in basic economics.

    Wolf’s article has several good points, and I plan to take them up later.