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Hehe - my mother is distantly related to Veblen, which is made even more interesting because Veblen was one of my father's favorite authors.

As to the substantive issues, let me grab another cup of coffee and read the whole diary....

by ericy on Sat Mar 17th, 2007 at 10:06:28 AM EST

A very good diary.  My dad was an economics major at Carleton, which is almost certainly where he picked up his interest in Veblen.   I went there myself, but studied something entirely different :-).

As I become more and more interested in issues like Peak Oil, sustainability and the environment, I start to see the problems caused by the insatiable need for growth that capitalism seems to require.  

I think I am going to dig out some of Veblen's books that my dad gave me, and actually read them to see what he has to say.

by ericy on Sat Mar 17th, 2007 at 10:33:50 AM EST
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If your dad picked up an interest in Veblen at Carleton, it was an accident.  Or perhaps he went to school there a long time ago.  The school once named its big mainframe computer Veblen and there is a group of faculty members who have a string quartet they call Veblen, but there are NO Institutionalists in the economics faculty these days.

If you are going to read Veblen, be sure to include "The Instinct of Workmanship"  It was his favorite--and it is most certainly mine.


"Remember the I35W bridge--who needs terrorists when there are Republicans"

by techno (reply@elegant-technology.com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2007 at 12:03:34 PM EST
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I grew up in Minnesota and I didn't hear about this guy until your previous diary. Great writeup by the way.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Sat Mar 17th, 2007 at 01:24:15 PM EST
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I was almost 30 before I started to read Vblen and probably 26 before I had heard of him myself.  See also my answer to Jerome.

"Remember the I35W bridge--who needs terrorists when there are Republicans"
by techno (reply@elegant-technology.com) on Sun Mar 18th, 2007 at 10:14:03 AM EST
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