Ha-Joon Chang is my favourite economist, and one of the chief reasons for this is that he’s a pluralist. He points out that there are at least nine different schools of economic thought, and none of them can claim to be absolutely right about everything. We need those multiple perspectives, as all of them have their own strengths and weaknesses and blind spots. Take a Swiss army knife approach to economics, he suggests, and make use of that breadth of theory to find solutions. I agree, and I’d recommend his book Economics: The User’s Guide as a very accessible way into the subject.
I mention Chang because I noticed that the RSA have recently done one of their signature animations for a short talk of his. It’s well worth ten minutes of your time.