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2009 Jan 06
Too many cooks
Or what do economists really understand?
I have been plodding my way through reading Balancing Acts - Technology, Finance and the American Future, an analysis of the economic turmoil of the 1970s and 1980s by James K. Galbraith (1989).
This covers the trials and tribulations of economists, financial experts and governmental policy makers on all matters such as:
Reading the ups and downs, arguments and counter arguments makes you wonder what do we really understand? This is all too much like the story of "Too many cooks spoil the broth".
The pot boiled over and ruined the soup. Who's to blame?
This is not an observation of there being too many cooks but one of no one
knows what is going on. No one seems to have the right answer. So what do economists
really understand? Which leaves me to think, economics got us into this mess.
Can we expect economics to get us out of the mess? Maybe it is time for a new