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This question recalls for me ThatBritGuy's comment in Eternal City Blues' Anglo-French "Special Relationship" diary:

The natural trend on the playing fields of Eton, and on MBA courses is to ape the US, because their reformist free-market yadda yadda is so much more glamorous than anything Europe can produce.

What Europe needs, and the UK needs especially, is an academic and intellectual push back against free-marketism.

Someone needs to start telling different, and more accurate, stories about how the world works. Because at the moment, in both the City and in government, it's the freebooting capitalist model that's captivating hearts and minds.

GDP has been "captivating hearts and minds" for too long.

We need to come up with a meme that is more "glamorous" than GDP (I use ThatBritGuy's here "glamorous", but I mean compelling).

HDI is one contender.  Doesn't have to be a three-letter acronym.

Come to think of it, you came up with a pretty good one yourself.

Truth unfolds in time through a communal process.

by marco on Fri Oct 20th, 2006 at 06:50:27 AM EST
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What's been captivating hearts and minds is not GDP, it's the "get rich quick" mentality.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Oct 20th, 2006 at 06:58:31 AM EST
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