Market Fundamentalism as a Religion | The Isocracy Network by Chet Gaines. Image from Wonkette of people praying to the Golden Bull on Wall Street for economic improvement. Modern economic theory is presented as a science. Elaborate mathematics and diagrams are employed to derive principles that are assumed to be universal among economic actors, even though the specialized math used is a “dated version” (Keen 6) and such diagrams “often contain outright fallacies” (Keen 14). After a closer examination of the dominant economic theory and its critics, one might come to the conclusion that it is actually a belief system quite similar to a religion, not an actual scientific study. “(1) a system of symbols which acts to (2) establish powerful, pervasive, and long-lasting moods and motivations in men by (3) formulating conceptions of a general order of existence and (4) clothing these conceptions with such an aura of factuality that (5) the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic.” Works Cited Benkler, Yochai. Bowie, Fiona. Disaster Center.
Max-Neef Model of Human-Scale Development Kath Fisher: "Manfred Max-Neef is a Chilean economist who has worked for many years with the problem of development in the Third World, articulating the inappropriateness of conventional models of development, that have lead to increasing poverty, massive debt and ecological disaster for many Third World communities. He works for the Centre for Development Alternatives in Chile, an organisation dedicated to the reorientation of development which stimulates local needs. Max-Neef and his colleagues have developed a taxonomy of human needs and a process by which communities can identify their "wealths" and "poverties" according to how these needs are satisfied. The main contribution that Max-Neef makes to the understanding of needs is the distinction made between needs and satisfiers. Graphic with 36 cell matrix at
Why cops lie Police officer perjury in court to justify illegal dope searches is commonplace. One of the dirty little not-so-secret secrets of the criminal justice system is undercover narcotics officers intentionally lying under oath. It is a perversion of the American justice system that strikes directly at the rule of law. Yet it is the routine way of doing business in courtrooms everywhere in America. Count this as one more casualty of the "war on drugs." Why do police, whom we trust as role models of legal conduct, show contempt for the law by systematically perjuring themselves? The first reason is because they get away with it. Another reason is the nature of most drug cases and the likely type of person involved. But the main reason is that the job of these cops is chasing drugs. Maybe the video tape scandal from the Henry Hotel will help change this culture.
FALSE ALARM: Why Almost Everything We’ve Been Told About Global Warming is Misleading, Exaggerated, or Plain Wrong Marx Was Right: Five Surprising Ways Karl Marx Predicted 2014 There's a lot of talk of Karl Marx in the air these days – from Rush Limbaugh accusing Pope Francis of promoting "pure Marxism" to a Washington Times writer claiming that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is an "unrepentant Marxist." But few people actually understand Marx's trenchant critique of capitalism. Most people are vaguely aware of the radical economist's prediction that capitalism would inevitably be replaced by communism, but they often misunderstand why he believed this to be true. Here are five facts of life in 2014 that Marx's analysis of capitalism correctly predicted more than a century ago: 1. The inherently chaotic, crisis-prone nature of capitalism was a key part of Marx's writings. 2. Marx warned that capitalism's tendency to concentrate high value on essentially arbitrary products would, over time, lead to what he called "a contriving and ever-calculating subservience to inhuman, sophisticated, unnatural and imaginary appetites." 3. 4. 5. In Conclusion:
Read Online | Sacred Economics | Charles Eisenstein Subscribe to Charles Newsletter Connect on Facebook Read Online Welcome to the HTML version of Sacred Economics. The full version is here in English, along with full and partial translations into other languages. More translated material comes on-line all the time, so check back often. Sacred Economics Full text of Sacred Economics in Romanian can be found here. Introduction: (German) (Swedish) (French) (Hungarian) (Italian) (Dutch) (Greek) (Polish) Chapter 1: The Gift World (German)(Swedish) (Polish) (Dutch) (Italian)(Greek – Part 1)(Greek – Part 2) Chapter 2: Greed and the Illusion of Scarcity (German) (Swedish) (Polish) (Dutch) (Greek Part 1) (Greek Part 2) Chapter 3: Money and the Mind (German) (Swedish) (Polish)(Dutch) (Greek Part 1) (Greek Part 2) Chapter 4: The Trouble with Property (German) (Swedish) (Polish) (Greek Part 1)(Greek Part 2) Chapter 5: The Corpse of the Commons (German) (Swedish) (Polish) (Greek Part 1) (Greek Part 2) Chapter 23: A New Materialism (German) (Swedish)(Greek)
Dylan Evans – On evolution and inequality When The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett came out in 2009, it chimed well with the post-crash mood. The book claimed that higher levels of inequality were associated with a whole range of poor health issues, including lower life expectancy, increased obesity, and higher murder rates. It seemed that those fat cat bankers hadn’t just wrecked the financial system: they were making us all ill, too. Subsequently, however, these claims came in for a great deal of criticism, especially from sociologists on the libertarian end of the political spectrum. Evolutionary biology casts considerable light on this question. It was only when the first humans started farming, around 10,000 years ago, that it became possible for one person to accumulate many more possessions than another. It would hardly be surprising then if the sudden appearance of inequality didn’t have deleterious consequences for the human mind and body. 17 January 2013 Comments
How To Win Every Argument So you want to know how to win every argument? Stop trying. Not that passivity is the most effective strategy but if you’re thinking about “winning” you’re already headed down the wrong path. From a neuroscience perspective, “When an argument starts, persuasion stops.” Via Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential: When an argument starts, persuasion stops. This is what happens when a discussion becomes an argument. We’ve all been there: doing anything to win, it’s messy, no progress is made or (god forbid) acknowledged. What’s the real problem? Daniel Cohen explains how the whole war metaphor is inherently problematic in his TED talk: Once it’s war, we’re no longer focused on what’s right, we just want to win by any means necessary. Nobody wants to admit they’re wrong because it’s now a status game — and that’s where “winning” comes from, it’s a metaphoric struggle for life and death now and nobody wants to die. Most people can’t even take feedback well. One Final Note
Masters Of Money Episode 3 Karl Marx Documentary) Four Arguments on Sacred Economics A summary of the main proposals in Charles Eistenstein’s book, Sacred Economics. Excerpted from Devin Martin: ” I would like to offer a brief summary and commentary on four key ideas contained in his work. * The Problem with Positive Interest This relates to the issue of how money is created. The way that we create money today promises, even demands scarcity. In order to keep money flowing we require something to generate an increase in GDP. Is there another option? The simplistic interpretations of Darwin’s theme of survival of the fittest that once ruled popular thinking are beginning to be challenged with ideas of cooperation and mutual benefit in all realms of research and academia (*). In a sustainable economy the flow of relationships is recognized as primary to sustaining life. * The Promise of Negative Interest “Negative interest allows productive investment to continue, and money to circulate, even when the marginal return on capital is zero or less…” Why are we in a recession now?
What if foreign policy officials suddenly told the truth Here's a little fantasy for you to ponder: what if one of our senior foreign policy officials accidentally swallowed some sodium pentothal (aka "truth serum") before some public hearing or press conference, and started speaking the truth about one of those issues where prevarication, political correctness, and obfuscation normally prevail? You know: what if they started saying in public all those things that they probably believe in private? What sorts of "inconvenient truths" might suddenly get revealed? In that spirit, here's my Top Five Truths You Won't Hear Any U.S. #1: "We're never gonna get rid of our nuclear weapons." But let's get serious for a minute. #2: "We don't actually care that much about human rights." #3: "There's not going to be a two-state solution." #4: "We like being #1, and we're going to stay there just as long as we can." #5: "We do a lot of stupid things in foreign policy. Like I said, this is just an idle fantasy. Alex Wong/Getty Images
How to Never Get Angry: 3 New Secrets From Neuroscience They’re one inch from your face, boiling with rage, screaming and yelling at you. And all you want to do is scream and yell back. But you know that’s not going to be good for anyone… I’ve talked before about how to deal with others who are angry and irrational, but how can you control those emotions in yourself? Looking at the neuroscience, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it. So let’s dig into the research on how to get rid of anger, what you’re doing wrong, how to do it right and how it can make you and those around you much happier… Suppressing Anger Is Rarely A Good Idea You grit your teeth and hold it in: “I’m fine.” The good news is suppression works. It’s almost always a bad idea. Via The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking: …when experimental subjects are told of an unhappy event, but then instructed to try not to feel sad about it, they end up feeling worse than people who are informed of the event, but given no instructions about how to feel.