Tim Hudak is a great example of the damage a good education can do. So is Stephen Harper. Both are products of university economics departments in the late 20th century. Each has a proud MA in the field. Like their American cognate -- Paul Ryan -- they've chosen to implement economic policy with no or little experience in the work world. Hudak worked briefly at a low level for Walmart; almost an internship. Since then -- all politics.
Occupy Economics Toronto will start a series of workshops where the new paradigm of Post-Neoclassical Economics is introduced.
First workshop will deal with the question of economic information. Supporting text is "Heuristics and Information Strings", chapter 3 in "The end of Rational Economics".
downloadable @ http://www.occupyeconomics.ca/endrty/
Disassembly Required: A Field Guide to Actually Existing Capitalism
Geoff Mann is the author of Disassembly Required: A Field Guide to Actually Existing Capitalism, which acts as a primer on economics 101 and speaks to those people who are not comfortable with the status quo, confused about the state of things and trying to imagine a different system.
Aaron Leonard recently corresponded with Professor Mann via email to examine the book and dig deeper into some of the popular explanations it offers. This is an edited version of their original conversation.
Who are you hoping to reach with this book?
After an introduction showing facilitators Dix Sandbeck's photos from China in the 1980s and 90s, including some taken during a visit in late May 1989 to the student movement occupation of Tiananmen Square, the workshop will debate China’s lack of democracy and worker's rights, and why we should say no to the investor protection FIPA treaty with China. On the contrary, we need fair trade rules that stop imports of products from companies that operate under exploitative and dehumanizing conditions.
Seventy three per cent of mothers in Canada with children under the age of 16 are working mothers, and women still earn on average 30 cents less to the dollar than their male counterparts. The need for economic supports for Canadian families, like access to affordable universal child care has never been greater. Yet in The Cost of Raising Children released August 2013 by the Fraser Institute, economist Christopher Sarlo claimed that childcare, along with other frivolities such as housing, are not costs to be considered when assessing the totality of costs associated with raising children.
The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills
On March 28, 2012, Giuseppe Campaniello left for work earlier than usual. He would have kissed his wife goodbye, but she was sleeping so peacefully he decided to let her rest.
Campaniello then set off for the Equitalia tax office in his hometown of Bologna, Italy. Once there, he doused himself in petrol and set himself alight. He died nine days later in hospital. Campaniello’s cause of death? Economics.
Just days before, he’d received a final notice from the tax office; doubling a fine he reportedly couldn’t pay, which proved to be the final straw.