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The biggest problem I have with Veblen is that he takes 20 big words to convey something that could have been said with two small words.
I really hate rational choice.
And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
When confronted with the "what do YOU propose?" question, Veblen came up with three motivations he thought more economically important than utility:
Not only are the utility extremists batshit insane, they cause GREAT harm to both people and the biosphere. Our only hope is to ridicule them out of the legitimate debate on our economic future.
And as you know, utility extremists lie thick on the ground throughout the Anglo-American academic world. In fact, an unquestioned belief in utility is one of the boundary maintaining mechanisms of the profession. We have lost a whole generation of economists to the cult of utility. The damage has literally been incalculable.
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