Watch Connecticut's refreshing senate candidate Peter Schiff just absolutely embarass this poor Columbia professor David Epstein that espouses mainstream "Keynesian" economics in this excellent debate. Epstein plays a perfect foil to Schiff in this long, thoughtful debate. I think the main lack of understanding of mainstream economists is a fundamental lack of understanding of what "money", productivity, and the pricing system really are and what they serve. This leads to all sorts of decisions to promote government deficit spending as "cures" for economic ills without the understanding that the government does not have a capital base to invest from without first taking it from the private market. This perpetuates and compounds the problem, preventing healing.