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  •  Dogma (0+ / 0-)

    You write:

    "It's simply because there is a religious underpinning to the values involved. Where religion is involved, the passions of true believers get inflamed and because this underpinning is faith-based as opposed to reason-based, rational argument becomes difficult if not impossible."

    It seems to me that "religion" is always involved.  Even with scholars and some scientists.  X says; "I'm making a rational argument".  Y says; "My argument is more rational".  Z then comes along and thinks he/she has the more rational argument.

    Sometimes the area of dispute is not that easily boiled down to a simple fact.  So, human beings get inflamed emotions (and many love that feeling over the drier rationality).

    To stop the corrosion of our politics requires expanded
    understand of Truth as well as a more sophisticated emotion state.

    The dumber The Establishment gets, the more obvious its repression becomes Keith Olbermann

    by williamjustin on Thu Jan 05, 2012 at 01:00:49 PM PST

    •  Yeah, economists sometimes believe in their models (0+ / 0-)

      so much that it becomes a form of religious argument. When you add political dogma, such as "deficit spending to create jobs will fail because the markets will lose confidence and that's a job killer," then the debates among economists become pretty silly. That's the kind way of putting it. I watched economists of note, such as Stanford's John Taylor sound more like a shill for Republican talking points than an actual acclaimed economist. And, in my view, he becomes a hack. (BTW, markets lose confidence when there's insufficient demand, duh.)

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