Here, then, are some symptoms of bad critiques of economics:
Treats macroeconomic forecasting as the major or only goal of economic analysis.
Frames critique in terms of politics, most commonly the claim that economists are market fundamentalists.
Uses “neoclassical” as if it refers to a political philosophy, set of policy prescriptions, or actual economies. Bonus: spells it “neo-classical” or “Neo-classical.”
Refers to “the” neoclassical model or otherwise suggests all of economic thought is contained in Walras (1874).
Uses “neoclassical economics” and “mainstream economics” interchangeably. Bonus: uses “neoliberal economics” interchangeably with either.
Uses the word “neoliberal” for any reason.
Refers to “corporate masters” or otherwise implies economists are shills for the wealthy or corporations.
Claims economists think people are always rational.
Claims financial crisis disproved mainstream economics.
Explicitly claims that economics is not empirical, or does so implicitly by ignoring empirical economics.
Treats all of economics as if it’s battling schools of macroeconomics.
Misconstrues jargon: “rational.”
Misconstrues jargon: “externality“.
Claims economists only care about money.
Claims economists ignore the environment. Variant: claims economics falters on point that “infinite growth on a finite planet is impossible.”
Goes out of its way to point out that the Economics Nobel is not a real Nobel.
Cites Debunking Economics.