Dead Ideas, Alive and Dangerous

Dead ideas are everywhere.

“I myself couldn’t get through the day without a good dead idea,” joked Matt Miller, host of KCRW’s Left, Right & Center and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. His pick? “‘Rational analysis can lead to constructive change.’ If you have read any history you may know that this idea was never that live in the first place.”

But the dead ideas Miller discussed in his lecture to a packed crowd at the Hammer Museum – ideas about the workings of a modern economy that …