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I've had a bit of a nap and reread the article. I've noted additional comments and see your design.

By "interesting," I mean that I am always relieved, even pleased, to find someone examining the internal consistency of a theory or "ideology." That exercise, if argued, indicates to me that person is equipped to think for themselves with the very methods supplied by um western intellectual history (principles geometry in particular which, I confess, in my case were larded with some irritability by Mrs. Kaplan and my father). While I was rinsing out my garbage can (UK-Eng. rubbish bin) this afternoon, after my nap, I recalled a UID from the DKOS "era" of my life in innerboob commenting: NewDeal Democrat, I believe, confessed in a "diary" distrust of (neo)economic methods. It was remarkable at the the time. iirc, I replied that I was grinning from ear to ear.

In allowing oneself to think for oneself rather than accept dogmatic persuasions without criticism, one is capable of joining the many seeking an opening in the wet paper bag, so to speak, that binds them to unscrupulous enterprises. This has been observation has been addressed in a thousand more erudite ways. But to what end?

The question evades satisfactory answers at the moment so long as the "repeal and replace", the "supremacists", the "elite" or dominant faction studiously avoid cooperation on any account in which um surplus value may be harvested by exploiting the inexperienced, the ignorant, the stupid. And by "stupid" I mean only, merely senseless to (g) "growth"; growth of WHAT? WHERE? WHEN? HOW?

Forget WHY? That is Krugman's infamous Slide No. 10, for example, the "iron triangle," or "politics all the way down." This (macro)economic project of describing, rather than prescribing, universal wealth (credit) has been as successful as catholicism in deferring human teleology, rewards and punishments. Attitudes change before institutions. So it will be difficult to disabuse --with or without Piketty's 5lb tome of numbers or its "emanations" illustrating iniquity that-cannot-be-named-- the many, there is no alternative to the "laws" of economics as they've learned them.

Thinking is hard work. Autonomy is hard work. Communication is increasingly hard work.

However, the century is young.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 12:03:51 AM EST
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