Behavioral economists say that since individuals are irrational, we need more state intervention in the economy. However, their criticism can be turned around: if individuals are irrational, government power is especially dangerous.
Conservatives tell us that we must move beyond the idea of allowing people to trade freely in the marketplace. "Patriotism" is the true measure of economic policy, and that requires higher taxes, more government spending, and a powerful state.
It is troubling that after a decade of an economic expansion, the US government is still spending money as it does during and immediately following a recession. It is as if the economy is now in a state of permanent "stimulus."