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In this episode, political economist and artist Rob Urie discusses the limits of conventional economic theory by way of an excavation of its latent presuppositions. Beginning from a consideration of what is concealed rather than revealed by common metrics such as the GDP or unemployment rate, the conversation unfolds to a reflection on the historical and philosophical background of capitalism, even through Descartes back to the ancient tensions between Plato and Aristotle. It concludes with a consideration of alternatives, and an anticipation of Rob Urie's forthcoming book from Counter Punch, Zen Economics.
Radical Analysis aims to spelunk the questions that confront us, both as individuals and as a society. It is a forum for conversations that move beneath the surface to excavate the roots of those challenges. It is animated by that spirit of the Radical articulated so elegantly by Paulo Freire:
The radical, committed to human liberation, does not become the prisoner of a "circle of certainty" within which reality is also imprisoned. On the contrary, the more radical a person is, the more fully he or she enters into reality so that, knowing it better, he or she can better transform it. This individual is not afraid to confront, to listen, to see the world unveiled. This person is not afraid to meet the people or to enter into dialogue with them. This person does not consider himself or herself the proprietor of history or of all people, or the liberator of the oppressed; but he or she does commit himself or herself, within history, to fight at their side...
Read more: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/quixotictom/2014/06/25/radical-analysis#ixzz35gVuR6xh
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