True Religion

A very interesting interview of Bruce Bartlett by Bill Moyers.

Bill Moyers: Where the Right Went Wrong,
Sunday 12 February 2012., Truthout

Always enjoyable, here, Bartlett notes the role of faith in the construction of economic ideas:

BRUCE BARTLETT: Well, it’s very much like religion. And I think that it’s not a surprise that so many very, you know, devout Christians are a part of the Republican Party and accept a lot of this. Because the nature of deep religious belief is faith, which means you accept things for which there is no proof.
And so, I think it’s not that hard to shift that faith over to believe a lot other things that you’ve been told are true so many times that you just accept that on faith as well. That if you cut taxes, revenues will go up, you know, and things of this sort. That all tax cuts are good and all spending cuts are good, and all government is bad.
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