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People used to be comfortable spouting racist BS in public.  Now, not as much.  If economists were caught and shamed like Paula Deen every time they were intellectually dishonest in public, it would be a huge step forward.
by Zwackus on Fri Jun 28th, 2013 at 08:16:39 PM EST
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I'm still reeling from a phrase someone used in an email to me in 1999: 'economic discrimination.'

We're at least aware of racism, sexism, and the rest. But the cultural values of the West are currently founded on 'economic discrimination' - just as they used to be founded on slavery, genocide, etc.

And we need to attack it with a stronger and more memorable message than 'It's wrong, and people shouldn't do it.'

But getting from here to a place where discriminating for or against individuals on the basis of their financial assets is seen as equivalent to any other ism is going to be a long, long road.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Jun 29th, 2013 at 06:29:07 AM EST
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And I don't think it's going to be possible until a real intellectual antidote to the "You get what you deserve" poison that runs through modern Christianity (God's faithful are rich and prosperous!), the self-help movement (Positive thinking can achieve anything, so if you failed, you must not be thinking positively enough!), and modern economics (high salaries are a sign of high marginal productivity!).
by Zwackus on Sat Jun 29th, 2013 at 10:55:35 PM EST
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"that runs through modern Christianity (God's faithful are rich and prosperous!)"

I think this should rather be considered as running through Protestantism.
The Catholic faith (not that rich Catholics would place too much an emphasis on it) seems to run rather differently.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Sun Jun 30th, 2013 at 03:03:54 AM EST
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