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I keep being told that economists caused the financial crisis.  Sometimes I get blamed as well, but I usually have the excuse that I was in New Zealand when the housing market started to fall apart in the US.

As a result, I’ve been trying to think of similar statements.  A discipline that aims to describe the economy, and the interaction of individuals given scarce resources, is being blamed for “causing” a financial crisis – one which the vast majority of economists had nothing to do with, and no money involved with.

So I though we could blame political scientists for WWII.  After all, they analyse political systems, and different nation states with different political systems did end up fight WWII.

Have you guys got any other ideas?  I was also thinking:

  • Seismologists cause earthquakes
  • Botanists cause erosion
  • Physicists cause black holes