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In advance of Dr. Sawant being elected to the Seattle City Council, "Forbes" magazine published an op-ed by a fellow who starts with:

I don’t cover economics regularly because it is not traditionally considered science. Furthermore, the field too often generates research and commentary that employs more voodoo than a witch doctor.
and ends with
First, why would Seattle Central Community College allow Dr. Sawant (yes, she actually has a Ph.D. in economics) anywhere near students? And second, to the citizens of Seattle, how does one of the most educated cities in America allow themselves to get duped?
Which raises the question why Forbes relied on a person who knows nothing about economics to impugn a self-described socialist? Was it because Sawant is a woman and a column by an ignorant science writer was considered a throw-away? If so, for shame "Forbes."

Apparently, Seattle appreciates diversity and an innovative strategy. Dr. Sawant cut her teeth, so to speak, in the Occupy movement and came up with a political agenda many people found attractive.

Berezow seems to think that economics is about manipulating people to be productive so someone else can exploit them. People are to be incentivized by being given something they don't have. Which pretty much mandates that they first have to be deprived of the necessities of life.

On the other hand, if economics is perceived as a function, involving the exchange and trade of goods and services, then we can assume a state of sufficiency that is enhanced by the spirit of innovation to produce more and that more is then available to be shared. It's a more socially friendly perspective.

Socialists are friendly and the Cons are not.

Originally posted to hannah on Fri Nov 15, 2013 at 06:04 AM PST.

Also republished by Koscadia.

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  •  mr. berezow is disengenuous, at best, a liar (4+ / 0-)

    at worst. I read his op/ed. he stated that dr. sawant wanted to "collectivize" Amazon, and provided a linked cite for this assertion. going to that cite, what it actually stated was that, if pressed, dr. sawant could provide a cogent, economically based reason for collectivizing Amazon. nowhere in that article did it state that dr. sawant wanted to collectivize it. either mr. berezow's reading and comprehension skills are limited, or he just lies, in furtherance of his position.

    he does the same thing in an op/ed about Richard dawkins, the famous atheist, so i'm guessing this isn't simply a one-off thing with him, but a constant, when the truth doesn't support his position.

    •  I don't think I've ever read anything by Berezow (2+ / 0-)
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      Youffraita, Buckeye Nut Schell

      before. I mentioned is op-ed because it was addressed on her web site and struck me as particularly shoddy on the part of Forbes, which republished it.
      Forbes seems to have some difficulty with socialism. Or, more accurately, any criticism of capitalism, even when it is provided by one of Mr. Forbes' friends, such as Warren Stephens, whom I refer to as the Lord of Little Rock.
      Capitalism is on the rocks, but its proponents seem not to have figured out that what is really being rejected is people behaving like predators, albeit in a virtual environment. That stealing people's lives by stealing their money does not make stealing acceptable.

  •  I wonder how this "Scientist" regards... (0+ / 0-)

    global warming?  And I would also like to know how he feels about government grants for research.  It would also be illuminating to understand how he feels about the state university in general.

    Socialism is such a misconstrued word these days.  Brings to mind the tea party protesters demanding that the government keep their hands out of their medicare.

    "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

    by Buckeye Nut Schell on Fri Nov 15, 2013 at 12:42:29 PM PST

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