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Arnold Kling:

Economics ought to be a branch of what sociology ought to be.

Actually-existing sociology fell into a tar pit of Marxism some time ago, and it cannot get out. Marxist sociology looks at society in terms of power relations. There is a powerful class and there are exploited classes. The whole point of Marxist sociology is to expose and try to overcome these power relations.

What sociology ought to be is a more nuanced study of societies. Human beings do not just play a zero-sum power game. They play many different types of games, some of which are positive sum, in that many people end up better off.

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