I suspect that I don't understand the economy. I have these vague notions, which I think are my own opinions and not ones foisted upon me, but I don't have very cohesive arguments for or against economic viewpoints. I would like to hear some economic opinions that aren't necessarily meant to sway me but are reasoned and intelligent in any case.
Things that I kind of vaguely think, related to the economy:
-the idea that a free market is some kind of curative agent or stabilizer for a shitty economic environment is bullshit
-the idea that "wealth trickles down" also seems like bullshit to me, though to a smaller degree than the previous. It seems to me that it may, marginally, but that the majority of wealth stays right where it is (and that the rich stay rich and the poor stay poor)
-we (as a community--large or small) are responsible for our poor members, and this means that we should have social programs that help them pull themselves up... which I think really has to include some kind of educational/vocational component in addition to meeting housing/food needs
-taxes are good for funding social programs, though I think that there needs to be more frugality and less waste in government spending (it's just--I don't think that taking care of the poor is wasteful)
-outsourcing is bad
-a lack of "trade" education in public schools is bad for the economy
-a lowering of standards for college entrance and encouraging all students to go to college is both harmful to the educational system and to the economy
Now, I don't think that my opinions are ignorant--they're just vague and not part of a systematic understanding of the economy.