Economics is Pseudo-Science – Part 1, Capitalism’s Psychic Hotline
Last week I recorded Stan Goff reading his eight part essay entitled “Economics is Pseudo-Science”. He’s using this audio for a workshop he’s conducting and plans on handing out all this audio to the class before hand on CD. I’ll be Podcasting all eight parts. This mp3 is number one of eight. Enjoy!
MP3 3m 32s 1.6MB 64kbps
Here is the first paragraph to wet your whistle:
“Psuedo-science, or fake science posing as real science, is commonly used to bewilder the public. We have all seen examples of it. Decoys with scientific credentials are hired by big energy companies to produce scientific-sounding reports that claim to prove there is no such thing as global warming. Many who want to deny that oil production will soon diminish have been attracted to a complex and completely unsupportable notion called biotic oil, that suggest oil actually grows in the earth like a mushroom far. Right-wing religious activists, in their war on the science of biology have come up with a crackpot theory called “intelligent design” that purports to disprove the overwhelmingly supported theory of natural selection, sometimes called evolution. In a few cases, pseudo-science is just a product of delusion, based on people’s attraction for what they want to believe when the real deal is not particularly pleasant. But in most cases, pseudo-science is put out in support of an agenda. It is created and passed around to fool the public, so something can be put over on us.”
– Stan Goff