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:
- Have a suspicious public.
- Bad ideas sound like common sense.
- Bad ideas need strong supporters.