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  •  If we're to be cynical, we have to be cynical (2+ / 0-)
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    universally - including about progressive academics' motives for not pursuing positions in government.  If someone is very good at being right, and is in a position where being right is personally advantageous rather than risky, it would take a certain level of selflessness to change that for the uncertain prospect of tangibly benefiting society.

    Or, if we're to be charitable, we should also entertain the possibility that Paul Krugman knows a lot more about what's going on and where it's going than what to do about it, and acknowledges that about himself.  He might be the equivalent of a physicist where what is needed is a chemical engineer - the what and the how are not the same.

    Our problem, I think, is an insufficient mixture of what and how - the how runs the show completely, to the point where most of them don't seem to really care what the outcome is as long as the process benefits them.  Theoretically speaking, maybe the financial system needs the equivalent of a "judiciary" - people who can just say "nope, that's going to produce the wrong outcome."

    Pour yourself into the future.

    by Troubadour on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 11:44:39 AM PST

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