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    otherwise

    I know the general meaning of "otherwise." But in the following context, it's confusing. Why is the word needed there?

    We will discuss the influence of centuries-old mercantilism---economic nationalism---in shaping the conviction that controlling the supply of money is the way to create wealth and a strong economy. The larger question is why this misguided idea has hung on for so many centuries. Why has it been championed by thinkers who are otherwise ideological adversaries?

    Is it saying "why has it been championed by thinkers who would have opposed to the idea (the supply of money is the way to create wealth and a strong economy, or the logic of mercantilism) ideologically"?

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    Re: otherwise

    I take it to mean 'Why has it been championed by thinkers who are adversaries of other ideologies?'

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    Re: otherwise

    Why has it been championed by thinkers who are otherwise ideological adversaries?
    This could mean that, apart from championing economic nationalism, these thinkers are (otherwise) ideological adversaries. They are adversaries of each other in ideological matters - other than mercantilism, on which they agree.

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