As a few old-timers here may know, I spend just a little time "commenting" on news stories in the major media; The New York Times, The Washington Post, sometimes Huffpo and others.
If, and when, I have something to say, and if and when I think someone might actually listen.
I have a little request for you - which might make a difference. We all know that "economists" couldn't predict their way out of a wet paper bag - but people still keep asking them what to think. Mind boggling.
Right this very minute - the New York Times has a nice feature pointing out that the entire world has entered a "slow growth" phase. And that the "forecasters" once again didn't see it coming; and still persist in saying growth will resume very soon. We base our fiscal "policy" on these fantasies.
I made a comment. At the moment, to my surprise, it's running high in the readers "Readers' Picks"; about 6th in the list.
Basically it says "this is what ecologists have always predicted - and here we are."
The vast majority of the commenters add ideas and theories from "economics". All beautifully explanatory and contradictory - and authoritative. Despite never having accurately predicted anything.
You know - I think it just MIGHT make a difference if a bunch of the readers here added their recommendations - and bumped that comment up in the list. Perhaps a few more people might notice "- hm - economists' predictions never work out - ecologists' predictions usually do..."
I think that would actually be progress. Give it a try! Can't hurt - might help.