Economics and Environmentalism: Belief Systems at Odds

Greater recognition of the underlying religious character of economics and environmentalism can serve economists and policy analysts (and environmentalists) well in several respects. It might give them a better intellectual understanding of why economists and environmentalists often have so much trouble in talking to one another. It might help in crafting policy proposals with a greater chance of acceptance by the other side. It might also encourage a healthy greater modesty among economists and policy analysts in advancing their ideas in political debates. Moreover, it might help to reduce the hypocrisy involved when powerful religious values are advanced in the name of objective economic or environmental “science.”

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