Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical

Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical



10 thoughts on “Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics

  1. Anna Anna says:

    Where was this book ten years ago I really needed it when I was eighteen, fresh from being frustrated by the blinkered stupidity of A level economics and disappointed that the economics paper in my undergraduate course seemed little better Meme Wars is intended as an antidote to standard neoclassical economics textbooks, such as bloody Mankiw the unchallenged assumptions in that book drove me mad As such, I think it works well Meme Wars uses the same format as Adbusters magazine, which Where was this book ten years ago I really needed it when I was eighteen, fresh from being frustrated by the blinkered stupidity of A level economics and disappointed that the economics paper in my undergraduate course seemed little better Meme Wars is intended as an antidote to standard neoclassical economics textbooks, such as bloody Mankiw the unchallenged assumptions in that book drove me mad As such, I think it works well Meme Wars uses the same format as Adbusters magazine, which is well worth reading if you can find it in a newsagent This intersperses pieces on heterodox economic thought and politics with full page art pieces I like this approach, which gives the book a satisfying heft as well as keeping the eyes and mind stimulated As a warning, though, the absence of contents page or index means you can t go back and find a particular piece without leafing through the whole thing There aren t any page numbers, either, so you have to rely on the distinctiveness of the imagery Which, admittedly, is very distinctive.I thought the range of critiques of neoclassical economics were well chosen as an introduction to the heterodox field In addition to well known theorists like Herman Daly, E F Schumacher, Joseph Stiglitz, and George Akerlof, the work of many others is covered, most of whom were new to me I also appreciated the thoroughness of the critique of GDP, which really deserves to be abandoned as a useful metric It is fair to say, however, that the perspective of this book is largely white, male, and American On the one hand, not again On the other hand, it is also white, male, and American voices who do the most to promulgate neoclassical economics and thus have the strongest need to critique their assumptions So I am ambivalent about this point I cannot let one piece pass without mention, though, as it is perhaps the most jaw droppingly ironic thing I ve ever read Here is a quote To be fair, no matter how much wealth a person possesses, each person s consumption is equal A Bill Gates or Steve Jobs can still soar and be heroes of civilisation and celebrated by all, but they will live just like everyone else in a one planet footprint Thus we will guide and transform the whole society from a selfish society to a selfless society.This seems like a very laudable utopian ideal, does it not But consider the earlier context for the above statement In the past two hundred years of the vigorous international communist movement and the ninety years of history of the Communist Party of China, millions of people have sacrificed their lives for the realisation of a communist ideal The international communist movement is not defeated by capitalism but defers sic to develop its own theory Socialism with Chinese characteristics is still pressing ahead.Yes, this is the view of the Chinese government The same government that has shown how the largest and fastest growing market economy in the world can also profess communism The same government that has energetically refuted Fukuyama s notion that market economics and representative democracy require one another to thrive The same government that fosters vast inequalities in wealth, corruption at a gigantic scale, and the denial of any democratic freedoms to its citizens The sad thing is, the developed world is vastly hypocritical in its criticism of China for these things, as well as the extent to which China is blamed for increases in world carbon emissions Looking at the total stock of carbon shoved into the atmosphere by the industrialisation of Europe puts this in perspective In America, Republican politicians express admiration for China s lack of social security and wage protection The UK s democratic freedoms certainly aren t what they once were The level of irony can hardly be encompassed in words Essentially, I think that this particular piece needs a caveat that it is, like the vast majority of the rest of the book, aspirational Communist China is not actually a utopia and the millions who starved or were killed in China during Mao s regime did so in the name of totalitarianism, not a selfless society Nowadays, those dying prematurely due to terrible rates of pollution might say the same, except that the totalitarian idol has shifted to an abstraction of economic progress Thanks, neoclassical economics.That aside, Meme Wars is definitely thought provoking and very much worth reading I think I d have appreciated itwhen I was a member of its target audience undergraduate students dissatisfied with the neoclassical economics being rammed down their throats I ll recommend it to the undergrads that I sometimes teach, in fact


  2. Dan Meier Dan Meier says:

    The best book I ve read yet this year


  3. Vlad Vlad says:

    Splendid call for ACTION


  4. Timothy Chklovski Timothy Chklovski says:

    A book sized pamphlet encouraging readers to challenge their professors and generally disrupt consumerism Picked it up for the title, and looked through it because I subscribe to the idea of seeking disconfirming evidence.Although I m clearly not the target audience, I found its presentation style interesting if noisy , which I think it somewhat hypocritically critiques capitalist systems for.As one might expect, the book overlooks the benefits that rule of law and economic prosperity bring A book sized pamphlet encouraging readers to challenge their professors and generally disrupt consumerism Picked it up for the title, and looked through it because I subscribe to the idea of seeking disconfirming evidence.Although I m clearly not the target audience, I found its presentation style interesting if noisy , which I think it somewhat hypocritically critiques capitalist systems for.As one might expect, the book overlooks the benefits that rule of law and economic prosperity bring its critiques, however, are meaningful markets at equilibrium of supply and demand can still leave tons of people starving since they can t provide the demand ie while equilibrium optimizes supply demand, one may want to have an objective function that accounts for human well being advertising is a form of pollution modern, consumption oriented lifestyle separates us from other, simpler pleasures of experiencing nature with focus squarely on the pleasant parts of experiencing nature without modern safety nets ignoring negative externalities such as pollution and its present and future costs is dangerous exponential growth of resource consumption is unsustainable people are happier if they havesocial interactions, so optimizing income at expense of time off may be suboptimal people are bad at predicting their own happiness they think they would be happier spending 5 or 20 given to them on themselves, whereas the opposite turns out to be true pro social spending feels better in retrospect economics as it is typically taught overemphasizes perfect competition and equilibria, whereas in the real world one can have abnormal, monopolistic profits collected by large corporations through high advertising spending, political lobbying, etc the book suggests protesting and fighting such corporate power by opting out of banking at large banks and so on unfortunately, propaganda is most effective when it encourages people _not_ to think this book asks for its target audience to rethink things I also leaned about the Moniac from this oddball book, which is a hydraulic contraption modeling the money flows int he economy, complete with things like taxes, monetary reserve, etc


  5. Alex Boerger Alex Boerger says:

    This Book contains great insight and ideas Many Perspectives I never thought about But I was missing the meme part I read a lot about memetics and so i expected something else I was hoping for some thoughts about the question Where do the current memes come from and what we can do about it.


  6. Mitch Allen Mitch Allen says:

    Unique look at contemporary economics and how it could be reformed to drive changes in the destructive consumer culture Fast paced, visual, beautifully designed and delivered.


  7. Isha Isha says:

    Meme wars is about economics, society and the world today An adult picture book with many words to make your feel better.Honestly, this book is amazing, full of remarkable facts and figures that one wouldn t know otherwise However, as I haven t even been taught economics, the book can be a challenge.Kalle Lasn has a chatty, informal way of looking and that is reflected throughout the book.The layout is really interesting and the little questions make you think deeper than superficial Does lif Meme wars is about economics, society and the world today An adult picture book with many words to make your feel better.Honestly, this book is amazing, full of remarkable facts and figures that one wouldn t know otherwise However, as I haven t even been taught economics, the book can be a challenge.Kalle Lasn has a chatty, informal way of looking and that is reflected throughout the book.The layout is really interesting and the little questions make you think deeper than superficial Does life on earth have any meaning Many inspirational quotes are dotted all over the book and truthfully, they really make you ponder Realise how much influence media and others have on us How society wants us to be What people in the past had to say about the future and how true it is.Overall I would recommend this book to any students taking economics or anyone who likes to think outside the box and know about things that one wouldn t typically think of If The Old American Dream Was About Prosperity, Perhaps The New One Will Be About Spontaneity


  8. Lara Thompson Lara Thompson says:

    At times pure genius, other times less good Many of the articles are drawn from reputable sources by authors of respected standing a few Nobel Laureates in the mix Nearly all are very well written If you ve read flipped through Adbusters, this is put together by the same guy and has the same feel overall Very important ideas on all that s wrong in today s economic models I ll pursue further reading by a few of the contributors Available free from Lasn s website At times pure genius, other times less good Many of the articles are drawn from reputable sources by authors of respected standing a few Nobel Laureates in the mix Nearly all are very well written If you ve read flipped through Adbusters, this is put together by the same guy and has the same feel overall Very important ideas on all that s wrong in today s economic models I ll pursue further reading by a few of the contributors Available free from Lasn s website


  9. Masha Masha says:

    I picked it up thinking it would be about memes but it s just about economics Presents dissenting views from maverick economists, environmentalists, etc The first half was really good with lots of interesting historical tidbits and analyses, the second half got a bit woo, but it was still enjoyable to read I loved the design of it too it was a bit cheesy at times but I love design that is earnest and unashamed, it made it a really pleasant and aesthetic experience to complement the intell I picked it up thinking it would be about memes but it s just about economics Presents dissenting views from maverick economists, environmentalists, etc The first half was really good with lots of interesting historical tidbits and analyses, the second half got a bit woo, but it was still enjoyable to read I loved the design of it too it was a bit cheesy at times but I love design that is earnest and unashamed, it made it a really pleasant and aesthetic experience to complement the intellectual content


  10. Brian Brian says:

    For those who think that anarchists and Occupy movement types are thoughtless and without theoretical foundations, this book compiled by the Adbusters group under founder Kalle Lasn s dirction is a must read It focuses on economic theory, critiquing the current paradigm neoclassicism , but offering an amazing array of competing theories and visions.


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Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics [Download] ➾ Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics ➹ Kalle Lasn – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Engrossing, exciting This book compels us to rethink our approaches to economics Literary Review of Canada Thought provoking and creative Julie Nelson, author of Beyond Economic Man Feminist Theory an Engrossing, exciting This book compels us The Creative eBook ✓ to rethink our approaches to economics Literary Review Meme Wars: PDF \ of Canada Thought provoking and creative Julie Nelson, author of Beyond Economic Man Feminist Theory Wars: The Creative PDF/EPUB Ä and Economics From the editor and magazine that started and named the Occupy Wall Street movement, Meme Wars The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics is an articulation of what could be the next steps in rethinking and remaking our world that challenges and debunks many of the assumptions of neoclassical economics and brings to light a ecological model Meme Wars aims to accelerate the shift into this new paradigm that takes into account psychonomics, bionomics, and other aspects of our physical and mental environment that are often left out in discussions of economics Like Adbusters, the book will be image heavy and full color throughout Lasn calls it a textbook for the future that provides the building blocks, in texts and visuals, for a new way of looking at and changing our world Through an examination of alternative economies, Lasn hopes to spur students to become barefoot economists and to see that a humanization of economics is possible Meme Wars will include contributions from Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz, Paul Samuelson, George Akerlof, Lourdes Bener a, Julie Matthaei, Manfred Max Neef, David Orrell, Paul Gilding, Mathis Wackernagel and the father of ecological economics Herman Daly, among othersBased on ideas that were presented in a special issue of Adbusters entitled Thought Control in Economics Beyond the Growth Paradigm An Activist Toolkit, Meme Wars will help move forward the Occupy Wall Street movement.

10 thoughts on “Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics

  1. Anna Anna says:

    Where was this book ten years ago I really needed it when I was eighteen, fresh from being frustrated by the blinkered stupidity of A level economics and disappointed that the economics paper in my undergraduate course seemed little better Meme Wars is intended as an antidote to standard neoclassical economics textbooks, such as bloody Mankiw the unchallenged assumptions in that book drove me mad As such, I think it works well Meme Wars uses the same format as Adbusters magazine, which Where was this book ten years ago I really needed it when I was eighteen, fresh from being frustrated by the blinkered stupidity of A level economics and disappointed that the economics paper in my undergraduate course seemed little better Meme Wars is intended as an antidote to standard neoclassical economics textbooks, such as bloody Mankiw the unchallenged assumptions in that book drove me mad As such, I think it works well Meme Wars uses the same format as Adbusters magazine, which is well worth reading if you can find it in a newsagent This intersperses pieces on heterodox economic thought and politics with full page art pieces I like this approach, which gives the book a satisfying heft as well as keeping the eyes and mind stimulated As a warning, though, the absence of contents page or index means you can t go back and find a particular piece without leafing through the whole thing There aren t any page numbers, either, so you have to rely on the distinctiveness of the imagery Which, admittedly, is very distinctive.I thought the range of critiques of neoclassical economics were well chosen as an introduction to the heterodox field In addition to well known theorists like Herman Daly, E F Schumacher, Joseph Stiglitz, and George Akerlof, the work of many others is covered, most of whom were new to me I also appreciated the thoroughness of the critique of GDP, which really deserves to be abandoned as a useful metric It is fair to say, however, that the perspective of this book is largely white, male, and American On the one hand, not again On the other hand, it is also white, male, and American voices who do the most to promulgate neoclassical economics and thus have the strongest need to critique their assumptions So I am ambivalent about this point I cannot let one piece pass without mention, though, as it is perhaps the most jaw droppingly ironic thing I ve ever read Here is a quote To be fair, no matter how much wealth a person possesses, each person s consumption is equal A Bill Gates or Steve Jobs can still soar and be heroes of civilisation and celebrated by all, but they will live just like everyone else in a one planet footprint Thus we will guide and transform the whole society from a selfish society to a selfless society.This seems like a very laudable utopian ideal, does it not But consider the earlier context for the above statement In the past two hundred years of the vigorous international communist movement and the ninety years of history of the Communist Party of China, millions of people have sacrificed their lives for the realisation of a communist ideal The international communist movement is not defeated by capitalism but defers sic to develop its own theory Socialism with Chinese characteristics is still pressing ahead.Yes, this is the view of the Chinese government The same government that has shown how the largest and fastest growing market economy in the world can also profess communism The same government that has energetically refuted Fukuyama s notion that market economics and representative democracy require one another to thrive The same government that fosters vast inequalities in wealth, corruption at a gigantic scale, and the denial of any democratic freedoms to its citizens The sad thing is, the developed world is vastly hypocritical in its criticism of China for these things, as well as the extent to which China is blamed for increases in world carbon emissions Looking at the total stock of carbon shoved into the atmosphere by the industrialisation of Europe puts this in perspective In America, Republican politicians express admiration for China s lack of social security and wage protection The UK s democratic freedoms certainly aren t what they once were The level of irony can hardly be encompassed in words Essentially, I think that this particular piece needs a caveat that it is, like the vast majority of the rest of the book, aspirational Communist China is not actually a utopia and the millions who starved or were killed in China during Mao s regime did so in the name of totalitarianism, not a selfless society Nowadays, those dying prematurely due to terrible rates of pollution might say the same, except that the totalitarian idol has shifted to an abstraction of economic progress Thanks, neoclassical economics.That aside, Meme Wars is definitely thought provoking and very much worth reading I think I d have appreciated itwhen I was a member of its target audience undergraduate students dissatisfied with the neoclassical economics being rammed down their throats I ll recommend it to the undergrads that I sometimes teach, in fact

  2. Dan Meier Dan Meier says:

    The best book I ve read yet this year

  3. Vlad Vlad says:

    Splendid call for ACTION

  4. Timothy Chklovski Timothy Chklovski says:

    A book sized pamphlet encouraging readers to challenge their professors and generally disrupt consumerism Picked it up for the title, and looked through it because I subscribe to the idea of seeking disconfirming evidence.Although I m clearly not the target audience, I found its presentation style interesting if noisy , which I think it somewhat hypocritically critiques capitalist systems for.As one might expect, the book overlooks the benefits that rule of law and economic prosperity bring A book sized pamphlet encouraging readers to challenge their professors and generally disrupt consumerism Picked it up for the title, and looked through it because I subscribe to the idea of seeking disconfirming evidence.Although I m clearly not the target audience, I found its presentation style interesting if noisy , which I think it somewhat hypocritically critiques capitalist systems for.As one might expect, the book overlooks the benefits that rule of law and economic prosperity bring its critiques, however, are meaningful markets at equilibrium of supply and demand can still leave tons of people starving since they can t provide the demand ie while equilibrium optimizes supply demand, one may want to have an objective function that accounts for human well being advertising is a form of pollution modern, consumption oriented lifestyle separates us from other, simpler pleasures of experiencing nature with focus squarely on the pleasant parts of experiencing nature without modern safety nets ignoring negative externalities such as pollution and its present and future costs is dangerous exponential growth of resource consumption is unsustainable people are happier if they havesocial interactions, so optimizing income at expense of time off may be suboptimal people are bad at predicting their own happiness they think they would be happier spending 5 or 20 given to them on themselves, whereas the opposite turns out to be true pro social spending feels better in retrospect economics as it is typically taught overemphasizes perfect competition and equilibria, whereas in the real world one can have abnormal, monopolistic profits collected by large corporations through high advertising spending, political lobbying, etc the book suggests protesting and fighting such corporate power by opting out of banking at large banks and so on unfortunately, propaganda is most effective when it encourages people _not_ to think this book asks for its target audience to rethink things I also leaned about the Moniac from this oddball book, which is a hydraulic contraption modeling the money flows int he economy, complete with things like taxes, monetary reserve, etc

  5. Alex Boerger Alex Boerger says:

    This Book contains great insight and ideas Many Perspectives I never thought about But I was missing the meme part I read a lot about memetics and so i expected something else I was hoping for some thoughts about the question Where do the current memes come from and what we can do about it.

  6. Mitch Allen Mitch Allen says:

    Unique look at contemporary economics and how it could be reformed to drive changes in the destructive consumer culture Fast paced, visual, beautifully designed and delivered.

  7. Isha Isha says:

    Meme wars is about economics, society and the world today An adult picture book with many words to make your feel better.Honestly, this book is amazing, full of remarkable facts and figures that one wouldn t know otherwise However, as I haven t even been taught economics, the book can be a challenge.Kalle Lasn has a chatty, informal way of looking and that is reflected throughout the book.The layout is really interesting and the little questions make you think deeper than superficial Does lif Meme wars is about economics, society and the world today An adult picture book with many words to make your feel better.Honestly, this book is amazing, full of remarkable facts and figures that one wouldn t know otherwise However, as I haven t even been taught economics, the book can be a challenge.Kalle Lasn has a chatty, informal way of looking and that is reflected throughout the book.The layout is really interesting and the little questions make you think deeper than superficial Does life on earth have any meaning Many inspirational quotes are dotted all over the book and truthfully, they really make you ponder Realise how much influence media and others have on us How society wants us to be What people in the past had to say about the future and how true it is.Overall I would recommend this book to any students taking economics or anyone who likes to think outside the box and know about things that one wouldn t typically think of If The Old American Dream Was About Prosperity, Perhaps The New One Will Be About Spontaneity

  8. Lara Thompson Lara Thompson says:

    At times pure genius, other times less good Many of the articles are drawn from reputable sources by authors of respected standing a few Nobel Laureates in the mix Nearly all are very well written If you ve read flipped through Adbusters, this is put together by the same guy and has the same feel overall Very important ideas on all that s wrong in today s economic models I ll pursue further reading by a few of the contributors Available free from Lasn s website At times pure genius, other times less good Many of the articles are drawn from reputable sources by authors of respected standing a few Nobel Laureates in the mix Nearly all are very well written If you ve read flipped through Adbusters, this is put together by the same guy and has the same feel overall Very important ideas on all that s wrong in today s economic models I ll pursue further reading by a few of the contributors Available free from Lasn s website

  9. Masha Masha says:

    I picked it up thinking it would be about memes but it s just about economics Presents dissenting views from maverick economists, environmentalists, etc The first half was really good with lots of interesting historical tidbits and analyses, the second half got a bit woo, but it was still enjoyable to read I loved the design of it too it was a bit cheesy at times but I love design that is earnest and unashamed, it made it a really pleasant and aesthetic experience to complement the intell I picked it up thinking it would be about memes but it s just about economics Presents dissenting views from maverick economists, environmentalists, etc The first half was really good with lots of interesting historical tidbits and analyses, the second half got a bit woo, but it was still enjoyable to read I loved the design of it too it was a bit cheesy at times but I love design that is earnest and unashamed, it made it a really pleasant and aesthetic experience to complement the intellectual content

  10. Brian Brian says:

    For those who think that anarchists and Occupy movement types are thoughtless and without theoretical foundations, this book compiled by the Adbusters group under founder Kalle Lasn s dirction is a must read It focuses on economic theory, critiquing the current paradigm neoclassicism , but offering an amazing array of competing theories and visions.

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