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every economic system has a philosophy behind it.
To an extent, but not when the entire system is synonymous with the idea that the working class should rie up; despite the clear unrealisticness of it.
What is your point? You said economics has nothing to do with philsophy but I meant all economic system have a certain philsophy behind it... especially the one you just referenced to.
reading up on this explains many viewpoints of people who dont get along with my state of mind
Didn't you just said reading up about Marx turned you further left?
Reading up on marxism is not the only thing I've looked into; as a matter of fact it was only a small chapter in the book. It were especially the chapters on the other great economic thinkers (Heilbronner calls em wordly philsophers) that broadened my "econmic horizon" so to say. I understand better now why things happen the way they go, but at the same time, well, made me see the whole absurdism of the whole economic and monetairian system which calls in reality of course for a better alternative to pure marxism; however, the fact I'm maybe more left winged then I was before doesnt mean I have less understanding, sympathy even for people who have a totally different standing then me.
read this book. it's about the great economic thinkers/philsophers. Anyone who knows bugger all about finance can tell me it's all crap? Then why is this book used in alot of academic schooling?
Of course it's used in schooling, the same way books by Hitler are, that doesn't mean the academic world advocates what he did. Their ideas may be used in schooling, that doesn't mean their ideas hold any relevance to reality. The last century has clearly shown us that what they want hasn't worked.
I think about every self-respecting expert on economics will totally disagree with you... and by the way this book is about thinkers in such a broad spectrum it's totally incomparable to a book like mein kampf.
Keynes and smith were not philosophers, they were theorists. There's a huge difference.
true, not philsophers in the sence of the classical meaning of the word. I'd say they were economic philsophers which is exactly the same as economic theorists who theorise on a global scale.
Back in my youth, i was far left wing and anti-authoritarian. But these days I dont think my cynacism and sarcasm can be accounted for on the poltical spectrum.