[A]ll these economic theories are at least debatable and often highly questionable. Contrary to what professional economists will typically tell you, economics is not a science. All economic theories have underlying political and ethical assumptions, which make it impossible to prove them right or wrong in the way we can with theories in physics or chemistry.

- Ha-Joon Chang, Economics is too important to leave to the experts | Ha-Joon Chang | Comment is free | The Guardian

The majority of economic activity takes place without any direct connection to markets, undertaken in the household or government sector, or within large corporations that trade in the market sector, but use central planning to organize their own activities.

- John Quiggin, I Pencil: A product of the mixed economy (updated) — Crooked Timber



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