Tuesday, June 9, 2015

“What do you do, sir?”

“If the facts change, I change my opinion. What do you do, sir?”

Attributed to John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)
British economist, the first Keynesian

Even if Keynes didn’t actually say that, he might have said “When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?”

Even if he didn’t actually say that, the zinger is on target.

Too much of what passes for political debate and public discourse is based on tightly held opinion that is too often unattached to any recognizable collection of facts.

Reasonably changing one’s opinion should be a mark of respect, and not an excuse for a “gotcha.”

And that’s a fact.

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