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Economists in Politics

18 Sep 2022 15:49

A special case of intellectuals in politics, though nobody --- neither economists nor the intellectuals who call themselves intellectuals --- likes to hear it. The references here reflect the more obvious aspects of this, about explicitly economic policy, but I think it also goes deeper. There is, I think, a really great study to be written on the impact of John von Neumann, via game theory; I do not think it is an exaggeration to say that von Neumann was one of the most ideologically influential intellectuals of the 20th century, starting with, but by no means limited to, shaping the Cold War. (I am not a historian or political theorist so I am not equipped to write that, but I'd eagerly read it.)

--- I should probably add Mirowski's books under "to read" here, but I have an allergic reaction to his style.

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