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UG#505 - The Matrix Deconstructed (Why Strict Fathers teach "Economic Liter

Robin Upton | 01.07.2010 05:06 | Analysis | Education | Social Struggles | Sheffield

This week's show attempts to deconstruct the matrix of illusion that surrounds money and economics that is used to disorientate citizens and keep them working hard for their corporate masters.

Unwelcome Guests #505 Part 1 - mp3 27M

Unwelcome Guests #505 Part 2 - mp3 27M

The first part is a speech by cognitive linguist, George Lakoff, entitled "Moral Politics". He explains the nature of metaphor and presents two contrasting approaches to parenthood, the "Strict Father" and the "Nurturing Parent" models, linking these to Republican v. Democratic politics in US. I present some information I've uncovered about "economic literacy", and how it business leaders used it to promote the set of ideas that Lakoff refers to as the "Strict Father" model.

The second hour revisits Lyn Gerry's reading of Richard K. Moore's "Escaping The Matrix" essay from episode #87, deconstructing the economic and political agenda of the 1980's in US/UK and beyond. We conclude with another lively deconstruction, by economist Michael Hudson, likening the FIRE (Finance, Insurance & Real Estate) sector to a parasite that lives on the back of the productive economy. Most obviously, it sucks money from it, less remarked upon, it numbs the brain of the body politic, through control of mass media, to present itself as essential to the health of its host the real economy.

Thanks to Bonnie Faulker for Guns and Butter.

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