Economists’ Stories Say More about Economists than Real Life

By: Saturday December 31, 2011 11:45 am

The good life: a foreign land to economists.


The Dissenter’s Top Films of 2011

By: Saturday December 31, 2011 10:30 am

Why is The Dissenter posting a top ten list (in no particular order) of films?

I graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Film/Video degree. I enjoy writing about film. I especially enjoy writing about films that help call attention to important political or social issues in society (see my review of The Whistleblower this year, which happens to be on the list below). I am by no means a professional movie critic, but I do like to use film to interrogate the world and I also appreciate directors/producers/screenwriters, etc, that dare to interrogate the world or provoke thought in society through film.

From Statistics to Graphs to People

By: Saturday December 31, 2011 9:14 am

As 2011 comes to a close, millions continue to be without a job, and far too many haven’t had a job for at least half of the year.

To the MOTUs, these are statistics; to me, they are the people I see almost every day. They are my neighbors, my parishioners, and my friends. For them, my new year’s wish is that they find the jobs they so desperately seek. For the MOTUs, my new year’s wish is that they pay the taxes to fund the safety net my neighbors, parishioners, and friends so desperately need.

The Triumph of Keynesianism

By: Saturday December 31, 2011 7:52 am

We know how this movie will end. “The boom, not the slump, is the right time for austerity at the Treasury,” John Maynard Keynes said in 1937, and the words are no less true today. The last few years in economic policy seem to be in one respect a consistent effort to deny Keynes, which happens to also deny reality. And the failures of austerity which can be seen around the globe, particularly in Europe, only serve to reinvigorate Keynes’ central theories. Cutting government when government can provide the only source of demand only hurts the economy further, and it often increases the deficit, defeating the initial purpose.

Come Saturday Morning: Can Your Hometown Feed Itself? Todmorden’s Trying It

By: Saturday December 31, 2011 6:45 am

Todmorden is a town in Yorkshire in the UK that, from a modest start less than four years ago, is now well on its way to self-sufficiency in foodstuffs. They’ve set a goal of self-sufficiency by 2018, and they’re already well on their way to that goal.

Pull Up a Chair

By: Saturday December 31, 2011 5:00 am

Congratulations, you’ve made it to the very last day of this year from Hell. This year 2011 has been terrible in so many ways. It’s a good time to make sure we start off right on 2012.

Late Late Night FDL: Snackcercise

By: Friday December 30, 2011 10:00 pm

Miss PiggySnackcercise from The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show, a one hour ABC television special that aired on September 17, 1982.

Late Night FDL: Happy Birthday, Bo Diddley

By: Friday December 30, 2011 8:00 pm

Today is the 83rd anniversary of the birth of blues/rock music legend Bo Diddley, who died in 2008. (He shares this birthday with LeBron James, Tiger Woods, Patti Smith, Rudyard Kipling… and Sean Hannity, which makes sense when you realize that after you account for the others, there wasn’t much talent left over to hand out.)

Seeing live music has been a longstanding passion of mine, and based on the good fortune of seeing Bo Diddley play perhaps 20 or more times in the last quarter-century of his life, I would call him probably the best live entertainer I ever saw.

The Roundup for December 30, 2011

By: Friday December 30, 2011 7:20 pm

I am off to witness the wedding of this young gentleman today, so I’m shutting down ye blog. I may have a couple more items tomorrow depending on events. If not, have a great New Year and we’ll see you in 2012.

#Occupy Oakland: 10 More Arrests for Um, Well, Uh . . .

By: Friday December 30, 2011 6:41 pm

For the past few weeks, the Oakland Police Department has harassed occupiers whenever and wherever they find us. After the last raid on the camp at Oscar Grant Plaza, they initially said we could re-occupy the plaza from 6 AM to 10 PM – which also happens to be legal, but legality often seems beside the point with OPD. For the past few weeks, they have steadily harassed occupiers during daylight hours, making up New Rules as they went along (Bill Maher would be proud). No food, no umbrellas, no bikes, no no no no no. Unless you are not an occupier, of course.

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