And speaking about economists who understand what needs to be done, we have the article Republicans Against Science from economist Paul Krugman. This column goes somewhat far afield of economics. He finishes with the following words:
Now, we don’t know who will win next year’s presidential election. But the odds are that one of these years the world’s greatest nation will find itself ruled by a party that is aggressively anti-science, indeed anti-knowledge. And, in a time of severe challenges — environmental, economic, and more — that’s a terrifying prospect.
As a personal note of confession, having achieved a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering, I have a prejudice that believes that actually studying something might lead to a better understanding of the subject of study. Maybe that is why I fail to see value in always downplaying what academics have to say about any given subject.
Don’t get me wrong. One of my personal credos is that one should never believe something cannot be done just because an expert says so. It is worthwhile to consider what they have to say, but I have frequently found that it is also worthwhile to do some investigation on your own. You might, and I emphasize might, be able to come up with something the experts have not thought about yet.