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Economists: Priests of Materialism

Economists have long argued about whether theirs is a value-free science. Robert Nelson, an economist at the University of Maryland, emphatically says that it is not. Yes, he admits, economists provide technical knowledge. But, he contends, "Another basic role of economists is to serve as the priesthood of a modern secular religion of economic progress that serves many of the same functions in contemporary society as earlier Christian and other religions did in their time."

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