Monthly Archives: November 2014

Removing social support is necessary to compel the ‪‎poor‬ to work — what’s the origin of this erroneous political idea?

According to many neoliberal politicians and economists,  assistance to the unemployed and poor always creates more of the poverty it aims to alleviate; therefore removing welfare benefits and social support is necessary to compel the ‪‎poor‬ and unemployed to work.  What is the origin … Continue reading

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On economists, sociologists, and evil – an anecdote and an insight from Paul Krugman

Professor Paul Krugman at the American Sociological Association conference:  “When I went to graduate school, I took international trade from Jagdish Bhagwati who explained to his class his personal theory of reincarnation which was that if you are a good … Continue reading

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How to theorize a research? Richard Swedberg’s “The Art of Social Theory” is a unique book about the craft of theorizing

In the social sciences today, students are taught theory by reading and analyzing the works of Karl Marx, Karl Polanyi, Max Weber and other classics. What they rarely learn, however, is how to actually theorize. The Art of Social Theory … Continue reading

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