Tuesday, May 28, 2013


This time I'm upset with another case of poor usage:  the all too common suggestion that we should examine "all sides of the issue."   In many cases, this is a way for Baggers to sneak Creationism or some other bit of nonsense into curricula but other also use it inappropriately.  In fact, an "all sides" approach is more suited to graduate school and above instead of lower levels.

One example from this blog:  I made a point below about how methodological individualism is associated with conservative economics but this issue is far more complicated and involves thinkers as diverse as Max Weber, Karl Popper, Carl Hempel and Jon Elster.  It is still true that Hayek & von Mises used one version of this approach to justify their ideology but there is much more to the story.

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