Re: [OPE] The Dog Days of August?

From: Doğan Göçmen (
Date: Sun Aug 10 2008 - 17:48:09 EDT



Doğan Göçmen
Author of The Adam Smith Problem:
Reconciling Human Nature and Society in
The Theory of Moral Sentiments and Wealth of Nations,
I. B. Tauris, London&New York 2007



-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Zachariah <>
To: Outline on Political Economy mailing list <>
Sent: Sun, 10 Aug 2008 23:23
Subject: Re: [OPE] The Dog Days of August?

Hi Jerry, 

Vacation ends for most employees in Sweden around this time of August. 

I have a comment rather than a proper topic. I recently listened to a 
talk by Naomi Klein on her theory of "shock doctrine". The central 
argument rests on a quote by Milton Friedman: 

   "Only a crisis --- actual or perceived --- produces real change. 

   When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the 

   ideas that are lying around. . . . Our basic function [is] to 

   develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and 

   available until the politically impossible" 

Doesn't this strike you as a very Marxist theory of crises and political 

//Dave Z 


on 2008-08-10 20:19 GERALD LEVY wrote: 

> Hi everyone: 

> Is everyone on vacation this time of year? 

> The list has been very quiet in recent days. 

> Does anyone have20any new topics for 

> discussion? 

> In solidarity, Jerry 


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