First, respondent James McLallen claims that the articles in the April Kappan set up a straw-man argument. For example, he argues that, in "Politics and Patriotism in Education," I push the reader to accept that "authoritarian patriotism" is bad and that "democratic patriotism" is good.
Giving a certain degree of unity to the book is the author's frequent mention of the straw-man argument (which may have been common at the Chicago World's Fair in the mid-1920s) that "disease" is somehow unnatural and that modern science has the potential to banish it entirely.
This is a straw-man argument. There is much human agency in Rothenberg's "frictionless markets" and the "rational calculations aimed at maximizing profits" of her subjects are as social as Bruegel's "relational considerations." After all, rational decisions in small-scale economic relations usually take place between or among socially alert participants.