Thursday, October 8, 2009

Eco_nomics vs. Economics: Open_Notes 2

reevaluating the world economy - the world economy fails to recognize 1/2 of the population's work and value - dismissal vs. equal representation of women - our system is totally and utterly corrupt - women's work of little or no worth - does not generate cash - no value - national accounts, GNP calculations vs. environment, volunteers, homemakers, etc.

"total cost" economics necessity - ie., dung (fuel, fertilizer) non-primary product, no economic activity (vs. actual mass third-world activity) - Jeremy Rifkin: guaranteed annual wage, paid third-sector volunteerism - the system includes everything that goes through the math phase - a cash generating capacity - no value other than money - regardless of how that money is made - no value to peace, preservation of natural resources, to unpaid work, including motherhood, parenting - this system cannot respond to values it refuses to recognize.

the art of politics = managing limited resources (ie., money, non-renewable resources), this is economics; with limitless resources (ie., renewable resources, dated money_tokens), economics as a field essentially dies - the ecology of limited resources = economics - "green consumerism" is consuming alternatives not consuming less - "green consumerism" = retail therapy -- killing people is considered very valuable in the international economic system - arms exports account for more than half the trade surplus of the developed economies - but the death, homelessness, injury, poverty, starvation, caused by the use of these weapons are not even registered as a deficit - the institutions of power are intellectually and spiritually corrupt; participatory democracy is not how it happens - growing worse. -- [based on CBC Futureworld, Marilyn Waring, 1975 NZ MP - Chair of Public Expenditures Committee; NFB 1995 film "Who's Counting?" - author, "Counting for Nothing", May.98]

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