I guess the answer to my question is: no, there's never a point at which those who prophesy doom will admit that, maybe, their prophesies were just a little off. All evidence to the contrary of their predictions is imperfect and cast aside without reflection. Think on that next time you accuse ME of being an ideologue
It's an interesting pattern to behold. One area where GeorgeOB1 and I agree concerns the apocalyptic strains of environmentalism, as represented by the Club of Rome, Paul Ehrlich, and others. Decade by decade, they predict an environmental meltdown 30 years from now. And when the 30 years were over and the Earth was still in pretty good shape, extremely few people who took them seriously in the first place stopped doing so.
Now we're seeing the same syndrome among conservatives around allegedly-impending hyperinflation and allegedly-soaring interest rates in the face of increasing debt. I wonder when, if ever, they'd be willing to admit they had it wrong.