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An Economy of Meaning – or Bust


An Economy of Meaning – or Bust

John Boik

It’s not often that a scientist gets to use the words love, creativity, and wisdom in a paper, especially when writing about economics. Perhaps that’s because economics, the dismal science, is obsessed with dismal systems – make that abysmal systems, relative to need.

To be clear, I’m not speaking of the specific policies of the US, the EU, China, the World Bank or others. I’m speaking of dominant economic systems as wholes – especially their underlying conceptual models (macro and micro) and the worldviews upon which they are based.


Excellent topic - which gets so little attention in the mainstream culture and public conversation.
"...nine categories of human need: subsistence, protection, affection, understanding, participation, leisure, creation, identity, and freedom..." - it seems to me that the majority of these 9 needs seem better fulfilled in traditional non industrial societies.


I sure hope there are people out there pushing these experimental systems. To continue the path we are on is insanity.