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Volume 9  Number 3  •  Winter 2005
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Rhetoric and Economic Reality
By James A. Montanye
This article appeared in the Winter 2005 issue of The Independent Review

Rhetoricians, skeptical that economics can be value-free, argue that expositions of economic policy and expositions of economic science are the same thing: sophistry “all the way down.” Although rhetoricians note correctly that metaphor plays a role in both fields, they fail to appreciate a big difference—namely, that economic policy suffers from sophistry most often where property rights are weakly protected and the state tends to substitute force for opinion.









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