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[–] Alopix 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Notice this common pattern- talking about "economics" like it's a single, purely empirical field of study. Economics is two fields.

First there's positive economics, the empirical side that even Milton Friedman and Karl Marx would be forced to agree on. These are largely basic principles even toddlers and animals understand on a basic level.

The second field, the one being discussed 99% of the time, is normative economics; this field ultimately consists of opinions about how the economy should work. What ought to happen.

When you disagree with a dishonest person's feelings about normative economics, they will(without openly acknowledging the distinction) accuse you of failing to understand positive economics, by implication saying you're less intelligent than a small child or animal.

Call out and affirm the difference and this Marxist strategy of undermining language by conflation loses all its power.