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I'm an economist and here's my response to this post, which does NOT incline me to read this book. First, economists do not have power per se, as that's held by politicians. Second, the Keynesians were/are interventionists; many free market economists would have told governments to leave the market alone (but DO take care of people via political mechanisms). Third -- and I heard this on day one of grad school -- there is ALWAYS someone asking economists what to do. Not surprisingly, some economists like answering, whether or not they are right.

This post (the book?) therefore misses the forest (how economics helps us think about choices, etc) for its focus on a few trees (the economists who promise outcomes).

I work "just across the road" from the Author, so it may be good to have a chat about what some OTHER economists think :)

David Zetland
Assistant professor of economics
Leiden University College

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