The political developments in the Republican Party this election cycle have defied even radical projections. A bombastic real-estate mogul has dominated the primary contest by tapping into a deep disillusionment among the Republican primary electorate that few political analysts fully understood. Mr. Trump has thrived by scathingly criticizing his rivals and offering vague and facile solutions to the portion of America that has felt disenfranchised by social and political change in this country.
Since economic policies shape the lives of each and every one of us, it seems right to discuss them in the public space. But in this space, an important component is often left out — a base in economic realities. Non-experts need not and should not approach economics as an empty canvas when thinking about public policy. Instead, the general public should treat economics like other professional fields, such as medicine, and apply their values to options laid out by economists as feasible.