Friday, October 24, 2008

Megan McArdle asks and answer an important question

McArdle:
But what's the point of disagreeing with Naomi Klein? It's like having an argument about economic policy with an eight year old. To have an interesting discussion, you would have to explain too many facts to the eight year old--facts that the child does't have any interest in learning. And the eight-year-old lacks a coherent intellectual framework into which to fit those facts; his reactions are pure instinctive emotion.


Megan makes a good point -- that both sides have to agree to a reasonable, intellectually honest common ground of empirical fact. It's impossible to have a debate without it.

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