One of my three careers before retirement was as the editor of an internationally circulated weekly business newspaper, and one of my pet projects was an annual Statistical Panorama (StatPan), an industry-wide product-by-product analysis of sales and technological developments.
For each StatPan, I interviewed or examined the writings and predictions of a score of prominent economists. Each year their predictions fell into three piles: 1) going up, 2) going down, and 3) uncertain.
What was fascinating was that over two decades, there was a handful ofeconomists whose prediction went into the same pile every year!
The point? It isn't only in politics that some individuals are so driven by temperament, by predisposition, that it is fruitless to have dialogue with them because they have no mind to change.
Frank Versagi is the editor of Versagi Voice.