Selling Papers – The Corrupt Ethics Of Economic Academia

31 May

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Wonder not that the West is floundering in such grave economic straits. Nor that the post-Renaissance economics profession cannot “see” the true root cause of our Ship of State’s rotten planking.

From Economics Job Market Rumors, and a discussion thread entitled “Want an easy top pub[lication]?”:

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Perhaps what is most troubling, is the 248:8 ratio of “Good” vs “No Good” votes from readers. Presumably, fellow economic / academic professionals.

Now, we should of course be mindful of the possibility that the “OP” (original poster) of the above may simply be “trolling”. In which case, the purported offer to sell his/her economic paper would be of somewhat less import.

What is of real import, quite irrespective of the sincerity or otherwise of the OP’s offer, is the comments of others in response.

These tell us all we need to know about the corrupt ethics of the economics professional class; those that have, for several centuries, given academic licence to a multiplicity of self-ish, amoral theories and belief systems, that have ultimately given us the present Global Financial Crisis:

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At least there are some in the economics profession who do still appear to have a functioning Conscience:

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And those with a cuttingly ironic sense of humour:

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Quite so.

The begged question that should need no answer is, “To whom?”

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h/t MacroBusiness blogger and Twitterer, Rumplestatskin.

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6 Responses to “Selling Papers – The Corrupt Ethics Of Economic Academia”

  1. mick May 31, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    Come om Blissful. You mean to say that you were unaware that the wealthiest of people control the world? And this includes many politicians who are little more than stooges doing what their political masters dictate and the so called free press which for the most part will not look too closely at the amount of criminal activity which goes on on government lest they get the sack.

    If you want any corroboration about the media then have a look at the one sided campaign by the media to have Labor voted out. Much of what you read and see is garbage and then the favoured successor can do no wrong and anything done wrong is for the most part ignored.

    So don’t look at the economists. They too are controlled via their salaries as are all but the rich. It is a game and most of us are pawns playing out a part whilst those with wealth and political influence pull the strings to make us dance. Its enough to make a man want to buy a deserted island and emigrate.

    • The Blissful Ignoramus May 31, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

      “You mean to say that you were unaware that the wealthiest of people control the world?”

      Mick, I must say mate, some of your comments and questions (e.g., this one) really do cause me to wonder (a) how long you’ve been a reader of this blog, (b) if you are reading all my posts, and/or (c) if you are not reading them in full.

      We are singing off the same hymn sheet. I’m not sure you realise that.

      • mick May 31, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

        The truth is that some of the blogs are sometimes so long that I get the gist and stop reading. Guilty as charged.

  2. geoff May 31, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    Some years ago I saw the real reason for government financial stuff ups. A banker, An electrical engineer and a politician were asked to describe in 4 words or less the problem when output exceeds input. The banker replied Overdraft. The electrical engineer replied Overload. The politician replied, What is the problem ?

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