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Two things.

Frist MArtin uses a mythology in the colloquial way.. he has been clearly not influenced by me regarding mythology as a structural narrative which by definition is true :)  A real myhtology is true by definition because it can not be wrong (within the parameters of the culture), actually it is impossible to think in term of true or false regardins an structural narrative mythology.

Greeks had the structural narrative that Gods interacted with humans frequently, they did not live in two realms of existence completely separated, this was a fundamental part of the structural narrative of the greeks, and that's why it was amtyhology.

In Western europe cities (and I guess most of US big cities) we have our mythologies, or structural narratives, for example the existence of the self is not discuted or think in terms of tru or false, t is obious, we grew thinking in this terms of true or false .. tehre is no doubt that the self exist.. in the same way , my grandma family 70 years ago had never listened about the self, and the idea that one existed and had to grow an improve and all that stuff was not present... and the bororos, well for the bororos there is no self not becuase they do not think about it but because they actively think that the brain is open to everyone, it is their mytholgy as true as it can be,and as real as our self... only that for them, our "self" is kind of crazy.

So , martin is actually referring to narratives which are not structural...and uses myths in the colloquial term as a "false narrative"... Maybe next time he uses the new language.

And regarding money I can talk abut Spain because here we really do know. First thing, compared with the US, money has no influence. Here money has no direct influence,it is indirect, it is via the networking that money provides that bankers and rich can get what they want.

typically, the biggest networking is in the hands of banks. They may have less money compared with other industries, there are people who are more rich and indsutries more relevant that the biggers bankers... but they are the real ones, the ones that really influence and talk with any government and any minister. Economic policy is a mutual understanding, financially pro-banks and then focused on union-managers arrengements for the rest of the economy...

This is why it is very easy to implement new regualtions and policies in almost any sector but economic policy is basically the same no matter who rules.

Migeru can give you more information about that.

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Thu Sep 11th, 2008 at 11:40:37 AM EST
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