First, there’s Brad Delong’s wonderful post asking if economics can even consider itself a discipline, let alone a science:
Moreover, it is not even a discipline. There were a lot of things that economists like Frederic Bastiat, Jean-Baptiste Say, and John Stuart Mill knew in 1830 about the origins of aggregate demand shortfalls and the usefulness of expansionary fiscal policy in a downturn that modern Chicago never bothered to read, never bothered to learn, or have long forgotten.
Since my knowledge of economics is largely historical (readings of the above, plus various early 20th century figures) rather than mathematical and model-based, it’s particularly interesting to read all the quotes Delong produces from Chicago-school economists denying not just Keynes, but also economic principles dating to Adam Smith. (Also, note the “trust” is the excuse offered by this ideology, which then, of course, refuses anything to be done regarding making markets more trustworthy.)
But, you might be thinking, what can I, private citizen and non-economist do to bring about a Keynesian-style economic stimulus? Alex as An und für sich believes it’s up to Richard Dawkins. I’ll let him explain.