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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

"...Hitler did not limit himself to solving the German problem,..."

Wow, really? Well, I guess Hitler had a [i]solution[/i], anyway.

Does OWS really associate with people who think like this? And, if so, does it disavow them?

If OWS does not disavow people like this, I think the argument about OWS being an anti-Semitic "movement" may have just resolved itself.

Anonymous

"...Hitler did not limit himself to solving the German problem,..."

Wow, really? Well, I guess Hitler had a [i]solution[/i], anyway.

Does OWS really associate with people who think like this? And, if so, does it disavow them?

If OWS does not disavow people like this, I think the argument about OWS being an anti-Semitic "movement" may have just resolved itself.

Anonymous

What is bothering you? Say it clearly. Conditions in Germany were very bad after the treaty of Versailles. Hitler used people's anger and made it something else. We should be careful someone does not do that this time. What do you think is wrong with people who think like this? Please explain yourself if you want to influence the movement.

Anonymous

What is bothering you? Say it clearly. Conditions in Germany were very bad after the treaty of Versailles. Hitler used people's anger and made it something else. We should be careful someone does not do that this time. What do you think is wrong with people who think like this? Please explain yourself if you want to influence the movement.

Anonymous

Hitler made the trains run on time. He also led a nation that unquestioningly killed 6,000,000 people at his behest. One might say that he brought the same high level of efficiency to the trains and the death camps.

In short, Hitler was evil incarnate. And, his accomplices were the entire nation of Germany and the people of the countries that Germany conquered. No one spoke out. No one tried to stop him. So long as things were getting better, what were the lives of a few million Jews, Catholics, gays, Gypsies, and the rest?

If OWS is seen as lionizing Hitler, because he wasn't "all bad," then the group runs the risk of marginilizing itself through the perception that it is a movement based on scapegoating, prejudice, and anti-Semitism. And, whether the OWS folks want to believe it or not, holding Hitler up as an example of how things can be done is going to make people believe that you not only hate Jews, but would be willing to look the other way as they are "dealt with."

As you say, anger makes people blind. A charismatic leader could co-opt this movement and then what? Nothing good, I'm guessing...

Anonymous

Hitler made the trains run on time. He also led a nation that unquestioningly killed 6,000,000 people at his behest. One might say that he brought the same high level of efficiency to the trains and the death camps.

In short, Hitler was evil incarnate. And, his accomplices were the entire nation of Germany and the people of the countries that Germany conquered. No one spoke out. No one tried to stop him. So long as things were getting better, what were the lives of a few million Jews, Catholics, gays, Gypsies, and the rest?

If OWS is seen as lionizing Hitler, because he wasn't "all bad," then the group runs the risk of marginilizing itself through the perception that it is a movement based on scapegoating, prejudice, and anti-Semitism. And, whether the OWS folks want to believe it or not, holding Hitler up as an example of how things can be done is going to make people believe that you not only hate Jews, but would be willing to look the other way as they are "dealt with."

As you say, anger makes people blind. A charismatic leader could co-opt this movement and then what? Nothing good, I'm guessing...

Anonymous

This debate is not about Hitler.
We want to solve the debt crisis by outlawing usury.
Please stay on topic, and let Hitler other anti-Semites go to hell.

Anonymous

This debate is not about Hitler.
We want to solve the debt crisis by outlawing usury.
Please stay on topic, and let Hitler other anti-Semites go to hell.

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