by Dani Rodrik Hmmm. I think you misconstrue the nature of the debate and the argument. If my priors were that no Moslems are terrorists ("industrial policy never works") and then I found that some are, I would think the evidence pretty compelling and alter my priors. (With apologies for the nature of the analogy, but I am following Bill's line of thought...)
My point is to get people beyond their refusal to accept that industrial
policy could ever work, so we can actually debate the conditions under which it can or does. Now that would be a healthy debate!