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Econ Warfare

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Econ Warfare
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With glaciers, ice caps and permafrosts melting at ever-increasing rates, causing alarming rises in sea levels and shifts in the oceans' currents, playing havoc with ocean temperatures, salinity and the livelihood of all earth’s water-dependent inhabitants (every single living organism); with motor vehicles, a status symbol of the modern capitalist-consumer age, an advertising-led and urban-sprawl necessity entering, filling, congesting our roads in hoards of hundreds by the minute, driving pollution and a giant oil-hungry machine that plunders and rapes our mother earth for all her natural resources, ensuring a quickened death to our home, are we throwing it all away? Are we burning it all down? Or are we simply guaranteeing a grim future for the few generations that will live beyond our neglect, our selfishness and our greed? We live on the bloated corpse of an economic system that is no longer relevant to our time, and – since its very first day – has been completely detached from the very home our race inhabits. Controlled by a small number of maggots feeding on its insides and poisoning us all, will we see the light and change our ways, before the nature that supports us is bled of all it has to lose?

—Carlos Hurworth


  

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Third World Tak...

Firstly, ask yourself: "If AIDS is still spreading, does that mean biology or chemistry are inaccurate?" ... of course not. Then why do so many people think that just because their economy (or their household budget) is failing, that the field of economics is to blame.

Economics explains perfectly well why the West is collapsing: the greatest reason for economic inaccuracy in the media is deliberate goosing of numbers by desperate politicians and greedy bankers.

Your observationabout the limitations of economics is probably older than you. However, the last 30 years have already seen the development of more scientific practices in economics, especially 'experimental economics', which through its preference for scientifically controlled experiments, has led to more direct testing and, therefore, bridged the gap between the 'social science' of economics and natural sciences (check the wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Experimental_economics

Also consider behavioural economics which has utilized psychological methodology to forge greater awareness of human decision-making patterns. Of course the existence and complexity of 'free will' makes economics a largely observational field, but our ability to make predictions accurately is progressing.

Ultimately the game of economics is the game of life - the struggle for resources. Whether you are rich or poor, and whether you like it or not, you can not escape it by denying its existence or focussing on its fallibilty.

Third World Tak...

Firstly, ask yourself: "If AIDS is still spreading, does that mean biology or chemistry are inaccurate?" ... of course not. Then why do so many people think that just because their economy (or their household budget) is failing, that the field of economics is to blame.

Economics explains perfectly well why the West is collapsing: the greatest reason for economic inaccuracy in the media is deliberate goosing of numbers by desperate politicians and greedy bankers.

Your observationabout the limitations of economics is probably older than you. However, the last 30 years have already seen the development of more scientific practices in economics, especially 'experimental economics', which through its preference for scientifically controlled experiments, has led to more direct testing and, therefore, bridged the gap between the 'social science' of economics and natural sciences (check the wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Experimental_economics

Also consider behavioural economics which has utilized psychological methodology to forge greater awareness of human decision-making patterns. Of course the existence and complexity of 'free will' makes economics a largely observational field, but our ability to make predictions accurately is progressing.

Ultimately the game of economics is the game of life - the struggle for resources. Whether you are rich or poor, and whether you like it or not, you can not escape it by denying its existence or focussing on its fallibilty.

Anonymous

Why is there a question mark at the end of the sentence in the speech bubble at the top? Isn't it a statement?

Anonymous

Why is there a question mark at the end of the sentence in the speech bubble at the top? Isn't it a statement?

Third World Tak...

Emotion must reach a far higher level before the kind of clowns who call themselves activists in the West, get serious and start a revolution. Most of today's Western youth are far too over-priviileged to sanely consider starting a real revolution; that would involve risking their lives and executing elites and ploiticians, in order to lose financial privileges (everyone currently living in a Western country would have less than they do now in a world with equal wealth distribution).

So what to do about your feelings of self-importance and adolescent rebellion?

Dress up like clowns and complain that everything sucks.

Third World Tak...

Emotion must reach a far higher level before the kind of clowns who call themselves activists in the West, get serious and start a revolution. Most of today's Western youth are far too over-priviileged to sanely consider starting a real revolution; that would involve risking their lives and executing elites and ploiticians, in order to lose financial privileges (everyone currently living in a Western country would have less than they do now in a world with equal wealth distribution).

So what to do about your feelings of self-importance and adolescent rebellion?

Dress up like clowns and complain that everything sucks.

Agarikon

Who ever wrote this is a glass half empty pessimist. As fucking crazy as the world is now, we've never been better off. Study some history and get your facts straight.

My suggestions:

Read the economist magazine for a few years, get your degree in economics, realize that the layman's understanding of what economics is and (hold your breath)- what it is not- is in still in the stone age, then please read this article again.

Agarikon

Who ever wrote this is a glass half empty pessimist. As fucking crazy as the world is now, we've never been better off. Study some history and get your facts straight.

My suggestions:

Read the economist magazine for a few years, get your degree in economics, realize that the layman's understanding of what economics is and (hold your breath)- what it is not- is in still in the stone age, then please read this article again.

Ashintha

Studying economics is for many people an attempt at gaining a better understanding of what needs to be done in the world from a local and global perspective. This intention shouldn't be undermined simply because the answers aren't as as simple as getting everything else when you want it and how you want it. The now generation, which I admit I am inadvertently a part of (being 24 years old), is something which I will have no impact on, or any future generation for that matter, until I am willing to admit I am as much a part of the problem as I am the solution. Placing the blame on a very broad concept, in this case, economics, doesn't benefit anyone.

Furthermore undermining the value of any social science, however infutile it may seem to you, is an ignorant approach to finding the answers. We all have valid and dignified pursuits, and just because there are people who work in positions of ECONOMIC influence that have done wrong, it doesn't mean that the STUDY OF ECONOMICS is wrong, or infutile. Being avidly interested in economics, psychology, and sociology, from the standpoint of WHAT CAN WE DO NOW?, and "IT's NOT ABOUT ME, it's about US", I see that making changes that will have an impact on these problems today is going to require an observation of the world from many different perspectives, and being able to see the benefit of every social inquiry.

Ashintha

Studying economics is for many people an attempt at gaining a better understanding of what needs to be done in the world from a local and global perspective. This intention shouldn't be undermined simply because the answers aren't as as simple as getting everything else when you want it and how you want it. The now generation, which I admit I am inadvertently a part of (being 24 years old), is something which I will have no impact on, or any future generation for that matter, until I am willing to admit I am as much a part of the problem as I am the solution. Placing the blame on a very broad concept, in this case, economics, doesn't benefit anyone.

Furthermore undermining the value of any social science, however infutile it may seem to you, is an ignorant approach to finding the answers. We all have valid and dignified pursuits, and just because there are people who work in positions of ECONOMIC influence that have done wrong, it doesn't mean that the STUDY OF ECONOMICS is wrong, or infutile. Being avidly interested in economics, psychology, and sociology, from the standpoint of WHAT CAN WE DO NOW?, and "IT's NOT ABOUT ME, it's about US", I see that making changes that will have an impact on these problems today is going to require an observation of the world from many different perspectives, and being able to see the benefit of every social inquiry.

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