Paul Krugman: Here’s a New One—Faith-Based Economic Denialism
Paul Krugman makes it abundantly clear in Monday’s column that denialism about factual things like climate change, evolution and plain facts about monetary policy are not so much a problem of ignorance, but more akin to religious dogma.
After all, these denialists are often highly educated people: “The problem, in other words, isn’t ignorance; it’s wishful thinking,” Krugman writes. “Confronted with a conflict between evidence and what they want to believe for political and/or religious reasons, many people reject the evidence. And knowing more about the issues widens the divide, because the well informed have a clearer view of which evidence they need to reject to sustain their belief system.”