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  •  The authoritarian impulse is hard to resist, (7+ / 0-)

    especially by people whose practical relents are minimal or non-existent and all they have to rely on is their gift of gab to persuade others to do for them. Being practically incompetent is insecure-making. Being insecure is uncomfortable and leads to bluster, an effort to overcome fear.
    Being practically incompetent -- i.e. not being able to provide for one's daily needs -- is probably a consequence of not being able to figure out how things work and not being able to decipher how things work precludes an understanding of what other people, who make things with their hands and transform their environment, not only provide for themselves, but produce a surplus they do not need for themselves and which is, therefor, available for trade.
    The failure to understand and appreciate the mechanisms by which humans produce more than they need, and which would go to waste, if not traded or exchanged, probably accounts for why economic theorists start from the assumption that trade and exchange are driven by demand -- i.e. their own need to be sustained -- which, rather typically, the academics were loath to admit.
    The result is that we've got an economic science that, unlike any other science concerned with measurable material substances, is consistently incapable of making predictions that are then verified by experience. Economists are either starting from the wrong assumptions, or they get hung up on counting and the mechanics of keeping track of what they want.
    Meanwhile, accounting and management have moved from dealing with materials to motivating people to do someone's bidding-- social sciences aiming to achieve their desires with propaganda.
    Makes sense. If you can't make things, the thing is to exact production from those who can. What doesn't make sense is the apparent belief that production has to be coerced with threats -- that the deprivation of the necessities of life will  make people more productive.
    One might suggest that I'm referencing what has been called "supply-side economics," but it's not. The supply siders were also motivated by a desire to exact more production, but by prompting it, rather than taxing some away to produce more growth, as the pruning of a bush might do. The supply siders perceived pruning as discouraging and assumed that taking less product would encourage more production, as if claiming a portion of product is counter-productive. None of them considered that for people to be productive they have to have resources at hand, not locked away as private property.
    That private property might be an impediment to productive enterprise seems not to have occurred to anyone, probably because ownership is supposed to be the main prompt and reward for productive enterprise. That people just want to make things because they can does not occur to those who can't do anything but talk.
    "The word was made flesh."  But that was a miracle. In the material world it takes more than talk to transform matter. And transformation is, after all, what it's all about.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 06:26:48 AM PST

    •  Calvanist economics: work or suffer. Works with c (3+ / 0-)
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      RUNDOWN, hannah, Plu

      hildren... only people stop being children round about 12 years old.  

      It was perhaps inevitable that rightwing evangelicals, who are mostly fundies, would find common cause on thise with plutocrats,, both of whom think everyone but them is a child... and a dangerous child at that.  

      'Course, treating voters as children is no more a strategy for long term success than treating workers as children.  Not that either of those groups is capable of undertanding that.

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