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Occupy Econ 101

Students stage walk-out on Harvard Prof.

When a science is dying, disciples begin to refuse initiation.

This is what happened last Wednesday in the class of Harvard economics professor Gregory Mankiw, with these simple opening words: “Today, we are walking out of your class.”

The rejection of Mankiw’s class is only a single event in the class of one professor, and yet this refusal may prove to be an event with a much wider significance. Mankiw's econ 101 textbook, Principles of Economics, has made it into the minds of almost every economics student in the modern world and if the students of Mankiw can revolt, then it is possible that students everywhere can begin the task of rethinking the dysfunctional old neoclassical paradigm.

In response to the walk-out, Mankiw has only doubled down his orthodoxy, claiming that the 1% have suffered more than the 99% as a result of the recession. Now is the time for a global walk-out. Download a poster of the True Cost Economics Manifesto at kickitover.org and pin it up in the corridor of your department. Let's start an all out meme war against our neoclassical profs and begin the daunting task of ushering in a new bionomic, psychonomic, ecological economics paradigm.

Now is a good time to begin an escalation and turn the whole world into a grand economics department … to occupy it.

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Update: Check out the video of students walking out of Professor N. Gregory Mankiw's Economics 10 class:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKS1jZxWLPM

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Anonymous

No, no... Let them walk out. When they flunk for non-attendance, they will have to take it again. They just guaranteed that an Economics professor will have a job next semester, thusly helping the economy over the long run. :-)

Anonymous

No, no... Let them walk out. When they flunk for non-attendance, they will have to take it again. They just guaranteed that an Economics professor will have a job next semester, thusly helping the economy over the long run. :-)

Anonymous

TO ANONYMOUS 11/5 8:32 p.m. - and your major was? If not economics, I find it beyond ignorant that you criticize a science you've never studied.

Anonymous

TO ANONYMOUS 11/5 8:32 p.m. - and your major was? If not economics, I find it beyond ignorant that you criticize a science you've never studied.

Anonymous

What is scientific about Economics? Please be specific in your criticism the author's writing. Is he wrong? Do you know that one cannot teach in a university without a Ph.D, and one cannot get a Ph.D. unless he believes the doctrine of the moneylender backed professor. Universities now reach a kind of religion disguised as scholarship.
We would much like to know what you think you know.

Anonymous

What is scientific about Economics? Please be specific in your criticism the author's writing. Is he wrong? Do you know that one cannot teach in a university without a Ph.D, and one cannot get a Ph.D. unless he believes the doctrine of the moneylender backed professor. Universities now reach a kind of religion disguised as scholarship.
We would much like to know what you think you know.

Anonymous

You are obviously offended by Anonymous 11/5 8:32 p.m. Is there a chance that you are a professor? Tells us what offended you, or what is wrong with what he says. We cannot deal with your issues unless you tell us.
The problem with economics is that no objective analysis is possible because there are no accurate measures. The professor does not only try to define units of measurement, he is also opposed to anyone else doing that. In earlier times some honourable men tried to measure monitory value in terms of weight of noble metals - copper, silver, and gold, and tried to control or outlaw interest. It was not perfect but things like a worldwide debt crisis were avoided.
What have you done to establish any units? What is conserved in your system? Or are you like other professors who just go for the skull when they cannot deal with an idea. They win because they have the backing of our corrupt government and its police and army. You will have to learn to deal with ideas, else your time will soon be up.
We await your response.

Anonymous

You are obviously offended by Anonymous 11/5 8:32 p.m. Is there a chance that you are a professor? Tells us what offended you, or what is wrong with what he says. We cannot deal with your issues unless you tell us.
The problem with economics is that no objective analysis is possible because there are no accurate measures. The professor does not only try to define units of measurement, he is also opposed to anyone else doing that. In earlier times some honourable men tried to measure monitory value in terms of weight of noble metals - copper, silver, and gold, and tried to control or outlaw interest. It was not perfect but things like a worldwide debt crisis were avoided.
What have you done to establish any units? What is conserved in your system? Or are you like other professors who just go for the skull when they cannot deal with an idea. They win because they have the backing of our corrupt government and its police and army. You will have to learn to deal with ideas, else your time will soon be up.
We await your response.

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