Gold bugs, income-tax-is-illegalists, illuminati cogniscentis, federal reserve suspicionists … get a bad rap from the left, who rebuke these analyses as “conspiracy theory”.
We are part of an under- or de-educated population, who are -thankfully- waking up from an enchanted nap of patriotism to bravely question a country that daily betrays its promises of democracy and egalitarianism.
They are teaching themselves economics and history.
Those of us with the privilege of education should applaud and encourage the efforts of these street scholars and lay economists. We should recognize and support these communities of self-trained researchers and teachers, seeing their projects as works-in-progress and contributing encouragement and tools to them to continue and expand their research.