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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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Matt Dickinson

I wish people were clearer about what kind of society they want, or what their ideal world is.

It seems like millions of people are quick to criticize the way things are, but they don't really have any alternatives, or a vision for how they want the world to be.

And that such talk is derided as childish thinking, like "pie in the sky" or it's called "eutopia." Also they don't say what parts of society they want to keep.

When one sees them vandalising buildings and cars in the news, such as in Russia Today reports on YouTube, I can't help but think they don't want to keep any modern parts of society. They want to revert to some kind of primtivism, perhaps, and live as fishers and hunters and barbarians.

Matt Dickinson

I wish people were clearer about what kind of society they want, or what their ideal world is.

It seems like millions of people are quick to criticize the way things are, but they don't really have any alternatives, or a vision for how they want the world to be.

And that such talk is derided as childish thinking, like "pie in the sky" or it's called "eutopia." Also they don't say what parts of society they want to keep.

When one sees them vandalising buildings and cars in the news, such as in Russia Today reports on YouTube, I can't help but think they don't want to keep any modern parts of society. They want to revert to some kind of primtivism, perhaps, and live as fishers and hunters and barbarians.

Anonymous

Democratic Socialism. It's not new and it's been working wonderfully in most advanced western nations for years.

Anonymous

Democratic Socialism. It's not new and it's been working wonderfully in most advanced western nations for years.

Anonymous

Yeah, it's working so well in Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, France, and... every other country in Europe (except, maybe, Germany).

Anonymous

Yeah, it's working so well in Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, France, and... every other country in Europe (except, maybe, Germany).

Anonymous

...except, maybe Germany....

...and also Sweden, and Denmark, and Austria, and the Czech Republic, and Switzerland and Belgium and Finland and....

OH, BTW, I've lived in France....there's nothing second-rate about the quality of life enjoyed by the French.

Anonymous

...except, maybe Germany....

...and also Sweden, and Denmark, and Austria, and the Czech Republic, and Switzerland and Belgium and Finland and....

OH, BTW, I've lived in France....there's nothing second-rate about the quality of life enjoyed by the French.

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