I often wonder why anybody listens to economists. Their prestige far exceeds their usefulness. They exemplify the worst kind of rear-view mirror thinking. They are exceedingly conventional and reactive, and have little real insight to deliver that people don’t already know from their knowledge of about history and human nature. There’s this pretense that somehow it’s scientific and objective, but it just isn’t. Whenever you hear some economist spouting off, ask what his politics are. That will be a clearer indication of his thinking. Economics is not science; it’s ideology. Even Keynesianism was legitimated only as an ex post facto explanation for what happened in a kind of ad hoc experimental way in the U.S. during the 1930s and 40s. It was easily supplanted by voodoo economics and Laffer curvers when it seemed unable to explain the stagflation of the 1970s.The Dismal Science (via azspot)
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we’re one year away from one decade with one foot.
it still feels like it happened yesterday sometimes. other times I can’t remember what my right foot even looked like.
I’ve been not-a-soldier for longer than I was one. that didn’t stop my brain from replacing the naked-in-high-school dream with a can’t-find-my-rifle one for any time I feel unprepared.
I don’t know where I’m going with this. Shout outs to Kevin, Jason, Mark, Scot, Jared, Justin, Josh, Dave, Mike, Lee, Adam, Homer and everyone else who didn’t let me bleed out on that desolate highway in central Iraq.