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Behind Varoufakis – and the personal value of an economics curriculum

Paradigm change is knocking evermore louder on your door…

Some incredible quotes (may be slightly stylized)

  • “EU is built on myths”
  • “EU was never meant to be democratic – it is an American Project”
  • “Eurozone never designed to sustain a shock”
  • “Great Financial Crisis orchestrated by Wallstreet and the twin deficits of America [through surplus recycling]
  • “Syriza may have to forge alliances with the IMF-bastards”
  • “After any form of Greek default, capital controls need to be put in place in Portugal. Domino Effect follows in Italy and France. Germany will leave the Euro before and form some ‘northern Eurozone’. The ‘south’ will face stagflation and dire times
  • “Gigantic amounts of unused purchasing power in the EU” / “The crisis is a coordination fail – nobody invests out of fear”
  •  “Truth of capitalism not found in mathematical models”
  • “Don’t read [Keynes’] General Theory

About the self

  • “My biggest fear is that I get corrupted by the privileges of power”
  • “[The movie] Matrix is a (impressionistic) documentary of the world we live in”
  • “None of my political initiatives are founded on my academic / professional background in economics – but the titles allow me to talk to the IMF, etc.”
  • “Anybody who doesn’t speak the economic language simply isn’t heared by the high and mighty, the hedgefunds, the FED”
  • “Value of studying economics is to see through the lies just as studying the bible did centuries ago. However, I cannot recommend without bad moral feelings this curriculum to any of my beloved ones – the pain of obstructing oneself half of your life is not worth it – there are better books to read out there”
  • The [right-wing] economic departement of Sydney employed me, because not even they could read my models

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What is Fate? The Rationalization of the Human Mind!

I want to talk about fate. I’ll start with some thoughts on the most recent econtalk podcast by Russ Roberts. Russ talks with John Ralston Saul about his book “Voltaire’s bastards” and how we abuse the use of reason today. The abstract:

Saul argues that the illegitimate offspring of the champions of reason have led to serious problems in the modern world. Reason, while powerful and useful, says Saul, should not be put on a pedestal above other values including morality and common-sense. Saul argues that the worship of reason has corrupted public policy and education while empowering technocrats and the elites in dangerous and unhealthy ways.

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When Keynes is Hayek and Menger is Schmoller

For a long time, economics felt to me to be strictly divided in schools, or at least mainstream and “weirdos”. It seems though, that wherever I thought there was a big, even war-like discrepancy between economists on some topic or person, it falls apart when I dig into it. I admit it may be my very subjective impression – of course it is nurtured by the actors strive for profiling or just popular videos, etc. However I think I have a case here. Let me give you three examples:

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Capitalism and the Forgotten Role of Credit

Are you an economist? Can you explain to a fellow citizen or economist what characterises capitalism? In my experience, few economists and fellow students don’t have a clear picture – and I used to be one of them. If they do, they usually go about a market economy, whose features (trade and prices) they then start off reciting. Consequently in the public discussion, we mix up a market economy with capitalism. With this I want to offer some Schumpeterian inspiration on that topic:

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