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Date: 2010

"These ideas are neither alive nor dead; rather as Paul Krugman has said, they are undead, or zombie ideas."

— Quiggin, John (b. 1956)

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Date: 2010

"The zombie ideas that brought the global financial system to the brink of meltdown, and have already caused thousands of firms to fail and cost millions of workers their jobs, still walk among us."

— Quiggin, John (b. 1956)

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"If we do not kill these zombie ideas once and for all, they will do even more damage next time."

— Quiggin, John (b. 1956)

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"A zombie idea is one that keeps coming back, despite being killed."

— Quiggin, John (b. 1956)

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"But zombie ideas are not so easily killed."

— Quiggin, John (b. 1956)

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"Such is the power of zombie ideas."

— Quiggin, John (b. 1956)

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"I underestimated the speed and power of Zombie ideas."

— Quiggin, John (b. 1956)

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"Still, given the overwhelming evidence that social mobility in the United States is low by standards of developed countries and decreasing steadily, the task of reanimating this zombie idea looks like a difficult one."

— Quiggin, John (b. 1956)

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Date: 2010

"Perhaps if the political left is willing to return to class politics (something the right-wing advocates of trickle-down have never abandoned) it might at least find a way to drive this zombie idea out of the assumed background of political debate."

— Quiggin, John (b. 1956)

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Date: 2010

"With the national exemplars of comprehensive privatization in disarray, and its advocates in full retreat, it seems unlikely that this zombie idea will return from the grave any time soon."

— Quiggin, John (b. 1956)

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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.