Why history is not economics: Tell Me the Difference Between My Lai and Hiroshima

A thoughtful essay by Brian Kaplan on EconLog: http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2012/01/tell_me_the_dif.html

History as a soft science allows many compeletely opposite views at the same time. This is a problem of belief and self-defence. If economics as a science is just general judgement or belief then it should be treated as history, i.e. a biased view of prejudiced people with own interests.

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