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  •  I don't like the guy one bit (5+ / 0-)

    but he does have a Ph.D in economics from American University, was a consultant for the World Bank, and was on then-Gov. Tim Kaine's Governor's Advisory Board of Economists.

    I may disagree vehemently with Brat's views, but the guy is a legitimate economist.  

    "Those who have wrought great changes in the world never succeeded by gaining over chiefs; but always by exciting the multitude." - Martin Van Buren

    by puakev on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 10:07:33 AM PDT

    •  Rand's Objectivism is not compatible with (7+ / 0-)

      Christian ethics: Where Christianity says "Love thy neighbor as thy self", Rand says "If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject."

      That a man may claim to be a Christian and Randian in the same head is an indication of some softness in said head.  He may (may) be intelligent, but there is something missing.

      An illusion can never be destroyed directly... SK.

      by Thomas Twinnings on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 10:20:31 AM PDT

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      •  This kind of paradoxical thinking of fundies (5+ / 0-)

        with basically "social darwinist" views, in my experience, is a form of sublimated racism.

        The base of the gop is formed from these old segregationist fundies and Birchers. They have "rebranded" themselves periodically over the years, but there's a basic tap root going back to the past that hasn't been severed  yet.

        You can't make this stuff up.

        by David54 on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 10:40:48 AM PDT

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      •  His "theology" is....interesting (1+ / 0-)
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        His core argument is that capitalism and Christianity should merge. He believes their union is so important that making disciples of capitalism is Brat’s own version of Jesus’ Great Commission. “The main point is that we need to synthesize Christianity and capitalism,” he concludes in “God and Advanced Mammon.” “Augustine synthesized Plato and Christianity. Thomas Aquinas synthesized Aristotle and Christianity. Calvin synthesized all the rest, but capitalism was still coming. There is a book in here somewhere for the next Calvin. Go. God Bless.”

        This means that for Brat, the Biblical message of loving your neighbor is about making people self-sufficient. If you preach the gospel and make people good, he argues, then you make the markets good. Individuals are morally responsible to work hard and advance themselves in society, so his theory goes, and then ultimately the capitalist system should help people advance and pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. “We should love our neighbor so much that we actually believe in right and wrong, and do something about it,” he writes. “If we all did the right thing and had the guts to spread the word, we would not need the government to backstop every action we take.”

        Even his religious affiliation is mix-and-match

        St. Michael’s Catholic Church
        Christ Church Episcopal
        Third Presbyterian Church
        Shady Grove Methodist Church

        “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

        by Catte Nappe on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 12:40:10 PM PDT

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    •  Really, not so much (4+ / 0-)

      the requirements for an economics  Phd are basically finding a tenure professor that agrees with your perception on economic theory, and taking out a lot of loans. Many economics departments in academia have been compromised by big donations from Kochs and their ilk. Probably most economics professors need the quotes around economics.  

    •  A Real economist or a priest (3+ / 0-)
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      His Phd Thesis was titled Human Capital, Religion and Economic Growth. and his conclusions were

      Mr. Brat concluded that Protestantism expanded education, broadened patterns of thought and improved governments in ways that led to a swifter advancement of science. The dissertation primarily compares Catholic France with Protestant Britain and Germany.
      I hate to point out to Mr Brat, that Germany is a country with around 65% currently self identifying as Christians, but that number is almost equally split between Catholics and Protestants.

      And in any case correlation does not equal causation. Even the subject of his thesis appears to me ( an aetheist) totally hinky.

      Source WSJ

      I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

      by peterfallow on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 11:28:34 AM PDT

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