Autism, Austerity, and Bad Science

Aditya Chakrabortty compares the recent austerity movement built on Reinhart and Rogoff’s claim that running debts over 90% of GDP severely limits a country’s growth to the anti-vaccine movement built on Adrew Wakefield’s claim that the MMR vaccine causes autism.

Chakrabortty draws three lessons from the two episodes:

  1. Have a suspicious public.
  2. Bad ideas sound like common sense.
  3. Bad ideas need strong supporters.

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