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Yesterday’s Sunday New York Times business section treated us to an op-ed from Harvard economist, N. Gregory Mankiw who is identified as advising Mitt Romney, in the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. The piece is found here:

<http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/04/business/know-what-youre-protesting-economic-view.html?_r=1&sq=mankiw&st=cse&adxnnl=1&scp=1&adxnnlx=1323090057-Gsh1sRO1znRE9GAdtErbVQ&gt;

After spending half the article brandishing his credentials, Mankiw states: “Yet, like most economists, I don’t view the study of economics as laden with ideology. ”  To which this writer can only say: “ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha……….”

Show me a human whose values and political leanings don’t effect his/her work and I’ll show you an android. In any case. Mankiw’s obvious purpose in writing the op-ed was to trash the Occupation movement, an historic moment in this nation that has both the far-right (which now encompasses most of the Republican party) and establishment Dems scrabbling to either counter or co-opt.  Earlier in the piece Mankiw writes:

“As with much of the Occupy movement across the country, their complaints seemed to me to be a grab bag of anti-establishment platitudes without much hard-headed analysis or clear policy prescriptions.”

I guess one could come to that conclusion if one only watched Faux “News” or network news, but pardon me if there isn’t so much hard-headed analysis out there that this writer goes wall-eyed trying to grasp it all.  With that in mind, we here at Occupy the Airwaves recommend first off, this blog:

http://anti-mankiw.blogspot.com/

Watch this page for many more examples of hard-headed analysis and clear policy prescriptions in the near future………but since you’re here you may as well watch this:

and read this:  http://rdwolff.com/content/occupy-production

and this:  http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/Crisis.cfm

– D.O.

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