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Contrarianism is overrated

Crooked Timber on contrarianism, as exemplified by the new book Superfreakonomics:

To sum up my current view: “contrarianism” is mostly contrary to reality, the “conventional wisdom” is probably wiser than the typical unconventional alternative, and “politically incorrect” views are almost always incorrect in every way: literally, scientifically and morally.

I’m not sure, but I think that this makes John Quiggin a conservative by temperament.

1 Comment

  1. I suspect he’d freely admit to taking a “conservative” view contra “contrarianism” as we know it.

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