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True, but they have to drink from the poisoned chalice if only to get a good grade in the course. This prevents many, including those who cannot get such a repugnant set of assumptions up in their minds without severe emotional distress and those who rebel at being forced to make such assumptions, from taking the course. Introductory economics is important, if not required, for many majors other than economics, from political science to engineering. In effect they are being forced to take the equivalent of a religious course in the faith and dogma of the dominant religion. Mankiw should be required to offer his course through the religious studies department.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Jun 28th, 2013 at 02:19:42 PM EST
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In effect they are being forced to take the equivalent of a religious course in the faith and dogma of the dominant religion. Mankiw should be required to offer his course through the religious studies department.

and like many religions what is demanded is the de-souling, the uncoupling of the will from the desire for the greatest good for the greatest number.

it's anti-religion, seen that way. an amputation of natural empathy, subbed with a prosthesis of pure self-interest.

only committed assholes need apply...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Jun 28th, 2013 at 03:20:22 PM EST
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