Module 30 : Grandpa’s Conclusion : It’s Impossible

  In our last episode, Professor Robinson was reflecting on how to make capitalism great again…concluding…America must get its plow horse…too-long sidelined as a hobby horse…back into the field. Quite simply…Joan says…it’s about strengthening productivity of the American economy; it’s about weakening wealth-hoarding schemes…about delivering knock-out punches to fraud. This is the only route to […]

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Module 29 : Make Capitalism Great Again

Our trio exits the film…Night of the Living Dead … mumbling something about food cravings…zombie-style.  Following a return ride on TRAX…they stake out another booth at Café Netherworld…then late-night snack on shakes…and fries smothered in proprietary sauce…from the crypt…..

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Module 28 : America’s Health Belly Flop

Following Professor Robinson’s presentation at Great Saltiness, our team debriefs at a nearby café…featuring zombie-burgers…ahead of a trip downtown…for a showing of George Romero’s classic film … “Night of the Living Dead.” As they huddle…and munch…in a booth…in back…Grandpa asks a probing question of the two zombie economists.  Is American capitalism living up to its […]

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Module 27 : Who Caused the Great Recession?

This episode begins with Adam Smith placing a call to fellow zombie economist Jeremy Bentham…now residing in Truthiness City.  Bentham…wary of liberals…had accepted part-time work at the university there…creating 18th Century rebuttals to liberal dogmas about what’s happenin’ now.  But…with demand waning for his own dogma…Bentham more recently downsized to a mundane job…complete with billboard […]

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Module 26 : Grandpa Loses His Beard

In our last episode…our zombie Grandpa exclaims…the rush-rush demands of modern society are running ahead of our abilities to keep up. Indeed…according to our newest zombie…the paradigms…narratives…even stories…used to explain how the world works…ought to be scrutinized…shaken down…at times…shaken up…even…to assure accuracy…to assure integrity with reality…with whatever may be the actual way our world has come […]

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Module 25 : Grandpa’s Dilemma

Grandpa…our newest zombie character…reflects on the Industrial Revolution…and its impact across generations of his family…with Georgie…as Grandma was known…to those who loved her….

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Module 24 : Grandpa’s Ethics

On the horizon…our challenge is to reclaim…not just economic principles associated with Adam Smith…but the moral spirit associated with him…as well.  Actually…Smith’s economics looked quite different from what…typically…the public expects of economists…today.  He was a moral philosopher…whose principal ambition was to ask and answer questions about so-called “right action.”  What should individuals and families do?  […]

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Module 23 : Here Comes Automation…Again

Its challenges have dogged the economy throughout the post-World War II era but in each decade the U.S. managed to adapt – to reinvent itself economically, even by absorbing some of automation’s darkest impacts. That is until now. Actually, the automation story began over two centuries ago in Great Britain shortly after the inking of […]

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