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  •  Oh please, they don't sell out those things (4+ / 0-)
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    They study economics, not philosophy.

    They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. -Benjamin Franklin

    by Gangster Octopus on Mon Feb 09, 2009 at 03:39:13 PM PST

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    •  Oh, but they do sell out. (4+ / 0-)

      I work at a university.  I know some economists, and they intentionally blind themselves to the horrific implications of their dismal science -- and they do it precisely by claiming "oh, but we study economics, not philosophy" or else they say "yes we acknowledge that there are some negative externalities, but that's not our problem."  

      The core of the problem is the symbiosis of politicians and big-money international capitalists.  They run around screaming "free trade" when they really mean that national borders should be porous to money and merchandise, but absolutely locked down when it comes to labor and labor law (wages, safety, environment, collective bargaining, etc.).  That way, they can use the borders to ratchet down every good thing that any labor force has fought for.  They do this by saying, "Oh, those people in Mexico have lower wages, so we have to pay you less, so that we can compete with them."  But to require Mexico to change their labor law?  "That would be a violation of national sovereignty!"  In sum, money is free, but labor means labor camp.  And the economists (well, all too many of them) give their blessing to this abomination of reason and humanity.  

      Is that too philosophical?  

    •  If it was left to the economists, we would (0+ / 0-)

      still have slavery.  They view our moral concerns as "quaint."

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