I really should not use the term “telling the truth.” What I do at Fantasy Free Economics is expose what is not true. As one false belief is exposed, then another and then another we get closer to the truth. It is almost impossible to establish anything as being permanently true. It is surprising how many “certain” truths from days passed turned out to not be true. Newtonian physics was deemed “all there is to physics” for the longest time. Then someone discovers quantum mechanics. How many times in your life has coffee been explained to be bad for a person and then said to be a good herb to drink? It is not that truth is relative. It is that we have limitations.
The key is to constantly discover beliefs that are not true. Doing that we get closer and closer to truth as time passes. (not that we know what time is) What I talk about at Fantasy Free Economics are false beliefs that are largely accepted as true but that are actually nothing close. Where economics and politics are concerned most beliefs on which the disciplines are based are simply not true. In many cases this is because thinking about existence in its rawest form is so stressful, more pleasant ways of looking at things evolve as replacement. There are ideas in economics that are true. The most widely accepted beliefs are simply not true. That makes it almost impossible for an economist whose reasoning is based on traditional dogma to be right about anything except by accident. The study of economics treats individuals as sentient beings and autonomous decision makers. It turns out that humans are guided by instinct more than anything else. Sometimes knowing what is not true is more important to know than at others. This is not a particularly good time to settle for group think and be done with it. There have been periods in history when a person could live a whole life believing reality was one way when it was actually another without experiencing personal harm. That is not the situation today.
A new Curbside Jimmy tune: The scene shifts from a regular swamp to the big swamp in Washington D.C.