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... which were convenient rationalizations during the bubble years, but when the system is in crisis and an actual understanding of how the system works is required, leaves him ill-equipped to cope with the crisis.

Kind of like Hoover in 29-32.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Tue Nov 18th, 2008 at 10:24:44 AM EST
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Yes. Failed visualizations-the mistaken and oversimple assumption that social/economic reality is a collection of at least more-or-less linear and quasi-separate processes, which conveniently justify-or define as inevitable- elite plunder.
 The world of human endeavor as machine--again, and again. Like B.F. Skinner's failed models of human psychological functioning.
Models that only seem to work because there is a positive feedback loop in the gears-- the more the elite believe the pronouncements of academia, which become their own bullshit, --the more people tend to play their role in the melodrama. And the more academicians analyze their own waste, and pronounce it human nature.

But when real crisis rolls around, the old narratives get trashed. To be replace by--what?
It's not yet happened. It will.

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.

by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Wed Nov 19th, 2008 at 10:27:12 AM EST
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