Reader comment on: NPR on the Rich and State Tax Rates
Submitted by ben (United States), Apr 29, 2011 09:53
Future of Capitalism, you are driving me crazy. No matter the facts, we think up reasons why the facts are wrong to fit our ideological predisposition. This was a peer reviewed study by Stanford professors who study economics as their job. At some point, we have to see through our ideology and acknowledge facts that perhaps undermine our beliefs.
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The Future of Capitalism replies:
Speak of "acknowledge facts," you have four facts wrong in your comment.
1. This wasn't a study by "stanford professors," it's by one Stanford professor and one Princeton professor.
2. They don't "study economics as their job" — they are both in the Sociology departments.
3. The NPR article isn't about "a study" but about two studies.
3. The second study is neither peer reviewed nor by a Stanford professor but by a professor at U Mass Amherst.
Beyond that, I'm not sure I follow your logic. Stanford professors who study economics as their job can't ever be wrong? What about John Taylor? You agree with everything he says?
Second, my main beef here isn't with the Princeton-Stanford sociologists study, but with NPR for not quoting the sentences in the study that I quoted, and thereby leaving a misimpression.
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