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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

The Muslim faith and sharia law outlaw usury. However, that doesn't stop them from engaging in it. They just call it "fees" instead.

Anonymous

The Muslim faith and sharia law outlaw usury. However, that doesn't stop them from engaging in it. They just call it "fees" instead.

Anonymous

People's concerns should be in telling the truth, not saying what will make them look good.

If you believe Hitler was right to kill Jewish people, then you should say so. If you believe he was wrong, or that all murder is "of course" wrong, then you should also say so.

But the last person, writing as "Anonymous," he says that we should care about how the movement OWS looks in the media. In other words, "It's okay to believe Hitler was right, but we need to hush up about it."

You shouldn't hush up. Be honest. Actually hushing up and being a part of the big group is the sort of thing that you'd find in a socialist or communist movement, or in a national socialist movement :)

Matt Dickinson

Anonymous

People's concerns should be in telling the truth, not saying what will make them look good.

If you believe Hitler was right to kill Jewish people, then you should say so. If you believe he was wrong, or that all murder is "of course" wrong, then you should also say so.

But the last person, writing as "Anonymous," he says that we should care about how the movement OWS looks in the media. In other words, "It's okay to believe Hitler was right, but we need to hush up about it."

You shouldn't hush up. Be honest. Actually hushing up and being a part of the big group is the sort of thing that you'd find in a socialist or communist movement, or in a national socialist movement :)

Matt Dickinson

Anonymous

For me, I believe that murder is wrong, but it's because God said so in the Bible. However if I say this opinion, as I have now, then I will be laughed at probably by people who support Adbusters or OWS. Because people who believe in the Bible are laughed at frequently by these organizations, I think.

Matt Dickinson

On the other hand, maybe Jews just invented the Bible to control us, and murder isn't wrong, because G-d doesn't exist.

I don't know the truth right now.

Anonymous

For me, I believe that murder is wrong, but it's because God said so in the Bible. However if I say this opinion, as I have now, then I will be laughed at probably by people who support Adbusters or OWS. Because people who believe in the Bible are laughed at frequently by these organizations, I think.

Matt Dickinson

On the other hand, maybe Jews just invented the Bible to control us, and murder isn't wrong, because G-d doesn't exist.

I don't know the truth right now.

Anonymous

You're thinking Mussolini. In Germany the trains always ran on time, it was getting them to run on time in Italy that was impressive.

Anonymous

You're thinking Mussolini. In Germany the trains always ran on time, it was getting them to run on time in Italy that was impressive.

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