"Political Economy ... . The peculiar nature of the material it deals with, summons as foes into the field of battle the most violent, mean and malignant passions of the human breast, the Furies of private interest. The English Established Church, e.g., will more readily pardon an attack on 38 of its 39 articles than on 1/39 of its income. Now-a-days atheism is culpa levis [i.e. a minor sin], as compared with criticism of existing property relations." -- Karl Marx, Capital (1867/1906), authors prefaces to the first edition, p. 15.
"The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist." -- John M. Keynes, General Theory (1936), p. 383.
"[T]here is hardly an anthropological or sociological assumption---whether explicit or implicit---contained in the philosophy of economic
liberalism that has not been refuted." -- Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation (1944/2001), p. 277.
"When you get to what these guys call the institutions responsible for 'the indoctrination of the young,' the schools and the universities, at that point it becomes somewhat more subtle. By and large, in the schools and universities people believe they’re telling the truth. The way that works, with rare exceptions, is that you cannot make it through these institiutions unless you've accepted the indoctrination." -- Noam Chomsky, Chronicles of Dissent (1992), excerpt.
"Mexico was the star pupil. It did everything right, and religiously followed the World Bank and IMF's prescriptions. It was called another great economic miracle, and it probably was ... for the rich. But for most of the Mexican people, it's been a complete disaster." -- Noam Chomsky, The Common Good (1998), p. 78.
"Leading active members of today's economics profession, the generation presently in their 40s and 50s, have joined together into a kind of politburo for correct economic thinking. As a general rule — as one might expect from a gentleman's club — this has placed them on the wrong side of every important policy issue, and not just recently but for decades. They predict disaster where none occurs. They deny the possibility of events that then happen. They offer a "rape is like the weather" fatalism about an "inevitable" problem (pay inequality) that then starts to recede. They oppose the most basic, decent, and sensible reforms, while offering placebos instead. They are always surprised when something untoward (like a recession) actually occurs. And when finally they sense that some position cannot be sustained, they do not re-examine their ideas. Instead, they simply change the subject." -- James K. Galbraith, in "How the Economists Got It Wrong" (2001).
"Washington Consensus ... The hallmark of this neoliberal (that is, pro-creditor and pro-monopoly) program was a monetary drain that has obliged debtor countries to sell off their public domain on credit to insiders (crony capitalism) and foreign buyers, while “freeing capital flows”. That is, permitting capital flight without limit. ...
Countries not obeying the Washington Consensus faced the prospect of being isolated as international pariahs, subject to sanctions such as those imposed on Cuba, Libya and North Korea. Meanwhile, the United States has retained its agricultural and industrial protectionism but opposed such policies abroad. This double standard has thwarted the drive by other countries to achieve their own national self-determination in industry, agriculture and trade." -- Michael Hudson, Global Fracture (2003), introduction.
"Milton Friedman got famous for promoting the idea that there’s no such thing as a free lunch, when Wall Street knows quite well that this is what the economy is all about. It’s all about how to get a free lunch, with risks picked up by the government. No wonder they back economists who deny that there’s any such thing!" -- Michael Hudson, in "Rewriting Economic Thought" (2015).
"The trouble is not so much that macroeconomists say things that are inconsistent with the facts. The real trouble is that other economists do not care that the macroeconomists do not care about the facts. ... It is sad to recognize that economists who made such important scientific contributions in the early stages of their careers followed a trajectory that took them away from science. ... But science and the spirit of the enlightenment are the most important human accomplishments." -- Romer, Paul, "The Trouble with Macroeconomics" (2016), p. 22.
"this hypothetical shareholder that only cares about what happens to the share price of one company tomorrow ... that hypothetical entity is a functional psychopath -- shortsighted, opportunistic and willing to exploit employees, self-destructive ..., unconcerned about the welfare of other people, the future generations of the planet. The problem is that the business people are under pressure to run their corporations according to this psychopathic ideal. ... It's a system that is now structurally designed to produce results that are bad for almost all of us." -- Lynn Stout, panel discussion (2016), starting at 0:50.
"When the Swedish central bank had to decide who would win the 2013 Nobel prize in economics, it was torn between Shiller’s claim that markets frequently got the price wrong and Fama’s insistence that markets always got the price right. Thus it opted to split the difference and gave both men the medal – a bit of Solomonic wisdom that would have elicited howls of laughter had it been a science prize. In economic theory, very often, you believe what you want to believe – and as with any act of faith, your choice of heads or tails will as likely reflect sentimental predisposition as scientific assessment." John Rapley, "How economics became a religion" (2017).
"Der größte Teil des Welthandels, der größte Teil der Waren, die weltweit verkauft werden, wird zwischen Konzernteilen verkauft und nicht zwischen Konzernen und Konsumenten" -- Doku Steuerfrei - Wie Konzerne Europas Kassen plündern, (18:00)
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The problem with oftentimes neoclassical and neoliberal orthodox or mainstream economics (also see this introductory paper) is, simply put, that it is outdated and much more of an ideology or even religion (by the 1%, for the 1%) than a science (by the 100%, for the 100%). The cure for this is a switch to GCS-relevant heterodox or (9) Alternative Economy and Economics which revolves around key concepts or disciplines such as anti-capitalism and post-capitalism, anti tax avoidance, anti tax evasion, behavioral economics, common good economics, complexity economics, degrowth, distributism, ecological economics, ecological modernization, economic anthropology, economic democracy, economic pluralism, economic sustainability, Equilibrismus, evonomics(!), Freiwirtschaft, global/international political economy, green economy, international political economy, neuroeconomics, new economic thinking, sharing economy/collaborative commons, sustainability, sustainable development, sustainable economy, or tragedy of the anticommons.
Among the Nobel or Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences laureates who support this kind of new economic thinking in various ways we have so far included Amartya Sen (1998), Joseph E. Stiglitz (2001), Daniel Kahnemann (2002) and Elinor Ostrom (2009) and their works in our bibliography. Our overall editorial top pick, however, is Michael Hudson, a famous critic of finance capitalism.
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Degrowth "Research and actions to consume less and share more"
Demonocracy "Economic Infographics"
Equilibrism "Let us work with nature, not against it"
Evonomics "the next evolution of economics"
Michael Hudson "On finance, real estate and the powers of neoliberalism"
Rethinking Economics (RE)
Share the World's Resources (STWR)
Sustainable Communities Online "for a more sustainable future"
Sustainable Development Solutions Network "A global initiative for the United Nations"
The Earth Institute at Columbia University "Science and Sustainability"
Thwink.org "Finding and Resolving the Root Causes of the Sustainability Problem"
United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) -> Green Economy
Worldwatch Institute "Vision for a Sustainable World"
Equilibrismus "Lasst uns mit der Natur wirtschaften und nicht gegen sie"
Gemeinwohl Ökonomie "Ein ethisches Wirtschaftsmodell" (Video) -> Nationale und regionale Gruppen, besonders in AT, CH, DE
Wissensmanufaktur "Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung und Gesellschaftspolitik"
BEIGEWUM "Beirat für gesellschafts-, wirtschafts- und umweltpolitische Alternativen"
Erhard Glötzl Vorträge
Ökosoziales Studierendenforum "Für eine global gerechte Gesellschaft, die sich in Einklang mit der Umwelt entwickelt"
Gradido "Natürliche Ökonomie des Lebens"
Philiana "practicing associative economy"
plenum "sustainability - change - impact"
ISIPE -> The Post-Crash Economics Society (PCES)
RE, ISIPE -> Cambridge Society for Economic Pluralism (CSEP)
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Hudson, Michael, 2015, Killing the
Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy, ISLET/CounterPunch Books.
Hudson, Michael, 2015, "Rewriting Economic Thought", interview on CounterPunch Radio - Episode 19 (aired Sept. 21, 2015).
Hudson, Michael, 2017, J Is for Junk Economics: An A to Z Guide to the Economics of Reality and Fiction, ISLET.
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(Marx and Engels archive)
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Ostrom, Elinor, 2005, Understanding Institutional Diversity, Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Ostrom, Elinor; Hess, Charlotte (eds.), 2006, Understanding Knowledge as a Commons: From Theory to Practice, Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.
Ostrom, Elinor; Kanbur, Ravi; Guha-Khasnobis, Basudeb (eds.), 2007, Linking the Formal and Informal Economy: Concepts and Policies, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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Strange, Susan, 1986, Casino Capitalism,
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2012, Legale Steuertricks für Google, Apple, Starbucks und Co., ARD Monitor.
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