Little is more disconcerting to the average citizen than the seeming inability of economists to agree on anything
I thinks this sentence is formed by inversion. Please, let me know. Thanks!
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There's no inversion here.
In the main clause, little is the quantifier, the opposite of much, employed as a nominal, the subject of the clause. Many other quantifiers work the same way:
Few ) Some ) Many )> are more disconcerting than . . . Most ) All ) None ) Little )> is more disconcerting than . . . Much )
In the comparative phrase, seeming is the present participle of seem employed as an adjective, meaning ‘apparent’.
You may paraphrase:
The average citizen does not encounter many facts which are more disconcerting than the fact that economists cannot seem to agree on anything.