A great message for the new year.www.youtube.com/watch?v=DU-RuR-qO4Y
A good way to move into the new year: viewing the video by PBS on “Fixing the Future.” It provides a series of new programs and activities that serve as great illustrations of a civic economy: an economy that is based on the making of provisions instead of the accumulation of property. http://video.pbs.org/video/1650808108/#
A response to Mark Lilla’s “The President and the Passions” in the December 19 The New York Times Magazine
Mark Lilla complains that President Obama is too rational for our country. We are moved by appeals to the passions, Lilla argues, not by good reasons. As a professor of humanities, Lilla could have mentioned what many consider the classic of public discourse, Aristotle’s Rhetoric. Aristotle believed that public speakers should strike a balance between reason, character, and emotion.
To see my response to Thomas Wells and Bruce Elmslie’s reviews of the essay “Free Enterprise and the Economics of Slavery” in Real World Economic Review, see the current issue: http://rwer.wordpress.com/2010/12/17/rwer-issue-55-marvin-brown/#more-3465
Ernesto Aguilar’s book review of Civilizing the Economy is now available at Political Media Review: http://www.politicalmediareview.org/2010/12/civilizing-the-economy