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Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 01:36 am
Capitalism: doesn't it make you (mentally) sick?

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imomus
imomus
imomus
Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)

James is basing his argument on next to no evidence.

Now, what is your evidence that he has next to no evidence? He went to six places in different corners of the world, interviewing about forty people in each of them. He also used many studies of mental health by the WHO and others. However, there is no way that a computer fed with all the data in the world could come up with a book like Affluenza: in the end you need a human being to do it, someone with a political, moral, ethical and aesthetic perspective, and the intuition to hear themes behind what people are saying. It's an interpretation, but I think recent events have made its central thesis almost unassailable.

Neo-liberal arguments posit an ideal world where economic growth benefits everyone, but I totally agree with you that the real world is not like that.


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thomascott
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Thomas Scott
Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
Spiked?

I'm curious as to what is your overview of Spiked Online, and the clutch of it's writers who emerged from Living Marxism to form it.
It does present interesting contrarian viewpoints, but I'm sometimes as dubious of the manifesto behind those viewpoints as of the orthodoxy they claim to counter.
I am certainly fond of Furedi, as are you, I believe.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sat, Jan. 10th, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)
Re: Spiked?

I do like Furedi, yes. Just not that Ben-Ami guy.


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