Watching with Arnold Kling economics' left-wing march

Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

"Arnold Kling has good reason to predict that, in his words, 'academic economics is on the road to becoming like academic sociology. That is, it will become increasingly driven by a left-wing agenda.' Arnold himself, in the post linked here, offers no explanation(s) for this left-wing movement of economists and, hence, of economics. I don’t doubt, however, that Arnold has a few excellent possible explanations in mind. Let here me offer an explanation of my own: economists’ increasing embrace of empiricism that isn’t solidly rooted in basic microeconomic theory of the sort that can be, and should be, taught to undergraduates." (05/22/17)