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Adbusters G20 Jam

A message to economics students all over the world.
Photo by Joe Sheffer via Flickr

Photo by Joe Sheffer via Flickr

We are a colony of maggots, feeding on nature’s bloated corpse while economic policy makers soothe our troubled minds with lies. Not to worry, they tell us, we’re pulling out of this recession, we’re making progress – the key is more liquidity, more stimulus, more credit, more consumption, more growth.

The time has come to call their bluff.

We need to band together and challenge this powerful intellectual army, whose generals include Greenspan, Summers, Bernanke, Geithner, who have boots on the ground in Blankfein, Buffett, Bloomberg, Straus-Kahn, whose propaganda ministers include Wolf, Friedman, Krugman and textbook authors Samuelson, Nordhaus, Mankiw, and whose foot soldiers are the business and economics professors in universities around the world. Their combined efforts perpetuate the great economic myth of our time: the necessity of ever-increasing growth and consumption, a myth that keeps the ghost ship of consumer capitalism sailing perilously toward certain destruction.

There has never been a better time to wage this meme war. In the aftermath of the meltdown of 2008 (which not even one in a hundred economists saw coming), the profession is demoralized and ripe for a monumental mindshift … the very kind that transformed the science of astronomy 400 years ago, when we suddenly woke up to the fact that the Earth revolves around the Sun and not the other way around. Today, as climate catastrophe looms, threatening the greatest market failure the world has ever seen, we are experiencing another mass awakening. We are beginning to realize that our human money economy is not the center of the world, but rather just a subset of the planetary bioeconomy.

You are feeling restless, the public has grown uneasy, and the internet is buzzing with dissent. The movement to overhaul curricula, pioneer new measures of progress and usher in a true-cost global market regime suddenly feels unstoppable.

Have some fun, whip up debate, slap up posters, invite dissenting guest speakers to address your class and relish the thrill of playing cat and mouse with your professors. We are standing at the beginning of a new era in which a new kind of economy, a sustainable economy, is struggling to be born.

Go to kickitover.org, read some articles, share them with a friend, print some posters and be a part of it.

For the Wild, Kalle

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Larry Piltz

Great point. Gotta go to the core to see the problem and then study how to adapt and to fix it.

Larry Piltz

Great point. Gotta go to the core to see the problem and then study how to adapt and to fix it.

Andrew2000

Here's a radical idea- In order to stamp out the violent protests, have the non-violent protesters grab these idiots and march them up to the nearest TV camera and state that this "person" does not represent your views or ideals. The true protesters should go out of their way to make sure that the violent idiots can not use them as either a shield to hide behind or a handy route to mayhem/pillage.

Andrew2000

Here's a radical idea- In order to stamp out the violent protests, have the non-violent protesters grab these idiots and march them up to the nearest TV camera and state that this "person" does not represent your views or ideals. The true protesters should go out of their way to make sure that the violent idiots can not use them as either a shield to hide behind or a handy route to mayhem/pillage.

Anonymous

What is not being shown on the mainstream media - is that most of the protestors in Toronto this weekend were peaceful. There was a group of violent vandals that broke off from the larger, peaceful march and began their destruction. Please do not lump all protestors into one category.

Anonymous

What is not being shown on the mainstream media - is that most of the protestors in Toronto this weekend were peaceful. There was a group of violent vandals that broke off from the larger, peaceful march and began their destruction. Please do not lump all protestors into one category.

Lanny Bodera - T.Dot

Protest by voting, protest by spending your money where your values are, protest by helping/volunteering, protest by participating in community, protest by making ethical choices, protest by buying locally and thinking globally, protest by writing/calling your government representatives. If everyone participated and spoke DAILY by doing these things we wouldn't be in such a mess in the first place

Lanny Bodera - T.Dot

Protest by voting, protest by spending your money where your values are, protest by helping/volunteering, protest by participating in community, protest by making ethical choices, protest by buying locally and thinking globally, protest by writing/calling your government representatives. If everyone participated and spoke DAILY by doing these things we wouldn't be in such a mess in the first place

Rational Ivan

I think all our problems with economics can be resolved by good few trips to the library.

What seems to be the case here is this, as far as my wit can assess it:

Theoretical inconsistencies:-- There are many respects in which modern economic theory is just false, from an empirical (excluding ethical,) perspective.

*Actors in the economy are presented as rational agents without emotion or impulse, idealism, or aesthetic desire to enjoy life for life's sake.

*Very few economists think about the way the brain works and how it relates to the structure of economies and how economies evolve.

*Any psychological survey will reveal that the statistical majority of people enjoy more than just money. The people who enjoy money and possessions are typically a certain class of highly testosterone-driven competitive males who are stuck in a status-struggle loop with their peers, or women who are after their own status-loops.

People do like to be comfortable, and seem to care more about their comfort than the betterment of the planet, arts, and so forth. (Statistically, at least, though I can offer no figures.)

Manner of approach: My argument is that thought should triumph over brazen protests. Young folks are typically more disposed to action than thought, and it is of course necessary that those who see an opportunity to act should act.
But the people building the economic theories of tomorrow should be situated among those who act. In order to have respectable theories, theories that actually depict the state of affairs, it is necessary to have an affiliation with the economic thought of the times and with its predecessor patterns in history, and to visualize who these theoretical configurations should be shifted to better accommodate the reality.

As fun as it is to take action, scatter-shot protest and poster-stamping will not engender a quality paradigm on its own.

Rational Ivan

I think all our problems with economics can be resolved by good few trips to the library.

What seems to be the case here is this, as far as my wit can assess it:

Theoretical inconsistencies:-- There are many respects in which modern economic theory is just false, from an empirical (excluding ethical,) perspective.

*Actors in the economy are presented as rational agents without emotion or impulse, idealism, or aesthetic desire to enjoy life for life's sake.

*Very few economists think about the way the brain works and how it relates to the structure of economies and how economies evolve.

*Any psychological survey will reveal that the statistical majority of people enjoy more than just money. The people who enjoy money and possessions are typically a certain class of highly testosterone-driven competitive males who are stuck in a status-struggle loop with their peers, or women who are after their own status-loops.

People do like to be comfortable, and seem to care more about their comfort than the betterment of the planet, arts, and so forth. (Statistically, at least, though I can offer no figures.)

Manner of approach: My argument is that thought should triumph over brazen protests. Young folks are typically more disposed to action than thought, and it is of course necessary that those who see an opportunity to act should act.
But the people building the economic theories of tomorrow should be situated among those who act. In order to have respectable theories, theories that actually depict the state of affairs, it is necessary to have an affiliation with the economic thought of the times and with its predecessor patterns in history, and to visualize who these theoretical configurations should be shifted to better accommodate the reality.

As fun as it is to take action, scatter-shot protest and poster-stamping will not engender a quality paradigm on its own.

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