In times of financial stress, politicized debate, and geopolitical conflict, it’s reassuring to know that there’s a body of wisdom most every informed person accepts. Of course, our benighted forebears got so many things wrong – imagine believing that the earth was flat or trusting in the healing power of leeches! But since the conventional wisdom of today stems from public awareness campaigns following rigorous peer-reviewed scientific research, it obviously won’t need future revision. For instance, we know that cell phone talking and texting is the deadliest distraction in a moving vehicle. We’ve learned that austerity kills – when unemployment rises during recessions, bringing along with it the twin perils of excessive drinking and suicide, the mortality rate climbs. We know who principally lost during the housing crisis – it was those unfortunate buyers who entered the market at the…

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