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Yes, critics also appreciate a little sympathy every now and then

From Megan McArdle in a different debate:

The rest of her post puts me in mind of the phenomenon that William Easterly has described in development circles:  the recycling of ideas that have failed before, always unveiled with much fanfare, but no real explanation as to why this time is different.  Frankly, it makes me understand why Easterly sometimes gets a little testy.

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  1. Rebecca Burlingame wrote:

    Sometimes the only way to get around recycling ideas is to look beyond specific disciplines, something that is hard for everyone to do at any time.

    Posted October 23, 2010 at 11:41 am | Permalink
  2. David Zetland wrote:

    I’m still recycling Adam Smith, and I am getting a little tired of the fight…

    Posted October 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

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