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Available June 2014
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Zen Economics (Counterpunch)by Rob Urie
Synopses & Reviews
Economics are often considered a drab and meticulous study reserved for those with a few degrees under their belt. Zen Economics proposes a different approach: instead of leaving economics to the "experts," we should embrace economics as part of our everyday lives, and merge our intellectual understanding with our intrinsic desire to be unified with the natural world. What if economics was an intuitive field that considered the needs of the many against those of the few?
Capitalist economics is premised on a narrow, anti-historical concept of what people are and what motivates us. Its broader context is Western "idealism," the view that the life of "the mind," as conceived in Western philosophy, is the fundamental locus and determinant of existence. "Zen," as taken from the dialogue between D.T. Suzuki and philosopher Martin Heidegger, removes the partitions that separate "us" from each other, "the world," and ourselves. Rob Urie develops a post-Marxian (non-deterministic) materialism to reimagine the fundamental premises of economics and places them into debate over key economic issues—work and labor, income and wealth distribution, environmental degradation and animal rights.
Rob Urie is an artist and political economist living and writing in New York.
A new economics for a different way of being in the world.
About the Author
Rob Urie is an artist, political economist and musician currently working and living in New York. After living as an artist and founding and co-founding several punk rock bands in New York in the early 1980s Rob completed his education, earning a B.S. degree in Economics and Philosophy from Albright College and an M.S. degree in Economics from The University of North Carolina. Subsequently, Rob held a series of quasi- academic jobs, including Director of Quantitative Research, in the Asset Management business before starting a successful Global-Macro mutual fund and writing a globally distributed blog on finance and political economy. A recovered awareness of the catastrophic consequences of global finance in particular, and Western capitalism more broadly, led Rob to leave the Asset Management business in 2011. He currently lives, writes and paints with his wife Erika in upper Manhattan.
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