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  •  I think that general knowledge of (5+ / 0-)

    how society works undergoes cycles: Most people don't know a lot about society, but, since they live in one they are eminently confident they know how it works.

    That's an insipid position, of course: We all live in Nature, but most of us haven't deduced Newton's laws on our own, even though we come into contact with them on a daily basis.

    Still, when the memory of the Depression was alive, politics was saner, since people learnt the rudiments of why Keynesian economics are right the hard way, and at least one generation afterward was taught the same lessons. Afterward those lessons were forgotten and the results are plain to see.

    So, what is to be done? Nothing. We even have Austrians on Daily Kos, a good indicator of the state of intellectual life on both the right and left. I think the people are going to have to relearn those lessons the hard way.

    Of course, that usually implies poverty, the rise of demagogues, and the appearance of authoritarian regimes in many countries, probably including my own. A good war or two isn't out of the question.

    So what am I doing? Working on my degree so I can GTFO to a country that's saner or had a bout of dumb luck if things here turn pear-shaped.

    Iuris praecepta sunt haec: Honeste vivere, alterum non laedere, suum cuique tribuere. - Ulpian, Digestae 1, 3

    by Dauphin on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 02:49:53 AM PDT

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