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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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cats.are.wonderful

All you've done by your statement is to demonstrate that our political system - in it's truest form - does work! Sure, it's imperfect but what system is? Still, consider this: there are bright and shining moments in history when Americans, finding their courage and nobility, embrace with passion and conviction the cries of the oppressed and, in their actions, make the system live up to all that it embraces, makes it live up to the promises that were made by our founders all those years ago.
It's at moments like that that I shed a tear. Not of sadness but of joy and great elation because it's in those moments that I see that the American people are everything they are thought to be and even more!

cats.are.wonderful

All you've done by your statement is to demonstrate that our political system - in it's truest form - does work! Sure, it's imperfect but what system is? Still, consider this: there are bright and shining moments in history when Americans, finding their courage and nobility, embrace with passion and conviction the cries of the oppressed and, in their actions, make the system live up to all that it embraces, makes it live up to the promises that were made by our founders all those years ago.
It's at moments like that that I shed a tear. Not of sadness but of joy and great elation because it's in those moments that I see that the American people are everything they are thought to be and even more!

Anonymous

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by Anonymous on November 09 2011, @03:35 pm

"Please be ethical. Don't make us look bad. 99% is anti-decadance, immorality, greed, corruption, cronyism."

Ethical? What is ethical? Let's all love and hit and break and steal! Let's knock down old women and make them bleed -- ooooooo it feels so gooooood!! What is immoral? Immoral is when you get taken by the moneylender, but its OK to hit him back! To take his "foreclosures!" They are not his and you are not his and I am not his and my pretty pretty kitty kitty is not his! It is all ours! It is OK to destroy others' "private property" because no one owns anything! It's all ours! So let's go and dance and sing the hokey hokey and play the monkey bars while we TAKE IT BACK. There are no contracts! No laws! We can do what we want! Don't you see the beauty of it! We are FREE! Free to pee! Free to pee into the expensive coffee cups of those bloated board members when we storm their meetings and poop on their $50,000 table and pee in their coffee and mess up their hair! WOOOOO it's freee and OCCUPY EVERYTHING! No laws! No rules! Just OCCUPY!

Anonymous

IN LOVING REPLY TO:

by Anonymous on November 09 2011, @03:35 pm

"Please be ethical. Don't make us look bad. 99% is anti-decadance, immorality, greed, corruption, cronyism."

Ethical? What is ethical? Let's all love and hit and break and steal! Let's knock down old women and make them bleed -- ooooooo it feels so gooooood!! What is immoral? Immoral is when you get taken by the moneylender, but its OK to hit him back! To take his "foreclosures!" They are not his and you are not his and I am not his and my pretty pretty kitty kitty is not his! It is all ours! It is OK to destroy others' "private property" because no one owns anything! It's all ours! So let's go and dance and sing the hokey hokey and play the monkey bars while we TAKE IT BACK. There are no contracts! No laws! We can do what we want! Don't you see the beauty of it! We are FREE! Free to pee! Free to pee into the expensive coffee cups of those bloated board members when we storm their meetings and poop on their $50,000 table and pee in their coffee and mess up their hair! WOOOOO it's freee and OCCUPY EVERYTHING! No laws! No rules! Just OCCUPY!

Anonymous

It is ethical to prosecute those who are transfering people's wealth to their own pockets perpetuating a better future fot their children and enslaving others and depriving/denying them their future.
It is illegal unethical to pee /poop in the rich people coffee and such person must be prosecuted as well. However, cronysim is a serious matter. Please do not downplay its effects. We should all come together on this serious matter.
I want my children to live in a country free of corruption, free of racism, free of cronyism, free of war and war mongers. I do not want my leaders be billionairs who send my kids to wars. I do not want my kids look for hand outs from the rich. I want my kids to have their own business not work for Wallmart. I want my kids decide what's their future not a congress sold out. I dont want electoral college not at all. I want free universities and health care not a blanket check spending for drones and wars. I want my country be a an example for others not a rich man's evil eye. I want police and all enforcement agencies on my side. I want my kids see only a man and women have the right to marry in par. I want blacks, latinos, and natives all included in political and economic jar. I do not want hypocrisy and advantage of few over crowd. I do not call Verizon, Comcast, Walmart, Insurance companies, utility companies, Chase Manhattan, and others free market at all. I do not want my kids do business have respect for private property but not be slaves to the rich and their cronies in their lives.
So lets prosecute the criminals and the cancers of our society so we can start living a better life with a better vision once and for all. No justice no direction no vision no peace!

Anonymous

It is ethical to prosecute those who are transfering people's wealth to their own pockets perpetuating a better future fot their children and enslaving others and depriving/denying them their future.
It is illegal unethical to pee /poop in the rich people coffee and such person must be prosecuted as well. However, cronysim is a serious matter. Please do not downplay its effects. We should all come together on this serious matter.
I want my children to live in a country free of corruption, free of racism, free of cronyism, free of war and war mongers. I do not want my leaders be billionairs who send my kids to wars. I do not want my kids look for hand outs from the rich. I want my kids to have their own business not work for Wallmart. I want my kids decide what's their future not a congress sold out. I dont want electoral college not at all. I want free universities and health care not a blanket check spending for drones and wars. I want my country be a an example for others not a rich man's evil eye. I want police and all enforcement agencies on my side. I want my kids see only a man and women have the right to marry in par. I want blacks, latinos, and natives all included in political and economic jar. I do not want hypocrisy and advantage of few over crowd. I do not call Verizon, Comcast, Walmart, Insurance companies, utility companies, Chase Manhattan, and others free market at all. I do not want my kids do business have respect for private property but not be slaves to the rich and their cronies in their lives.
So lets prosecute the criminals and the cancers of our society so we can start living a better life with a better vision once and for all. No justice no direction no vision no peace!

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