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I certainly agree about the importance of assumptions.  Those and the level of personal, or, if you will, "ego" development normative in the discipline today are, I suspect, what has given rise to the "Post-Autistic Economics" movement.  If the discipline can be kept close to the level of male adolescent competitiveness it is likely easier for elites to manipulate to their advantage.  God forbid compassion or concern for anything beyond the next quarter or year's profits should concern. Much better to banish such untoward impulses to the realm of "externalities" and deal with them through voluntary efforts.

Thanks for The Metaphysics of Value.  It has been bookmarked for further perusal.  I will await your pending book.  If you, or anyone could make a from scratch update of the General Theory half as accessible as Heilbronner's "The Worldly Philosophers" it would be at once a great public service and probably never out of print.

Meanwhile, deadlines prevent me from being the idle bastard which I so prefer.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 10:51:03 AM EST
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