Patients are not Consumers

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to read the articles by Hartmut Reibners, Tom Berthold, Sven Giegold and Dierk Hirschel from 6/2015,click

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2015/08/430358.shtml

Patients are not Consumers

Mainstream economics is always based on the idea of homo oeconomicus, an egoist who maximizes his own advantages. In economics, the extreme form of egoism is treated as rationality. This is problematic. Thought models shape perception and conduct.

July 30 was Medicare’s 50th birthday and Friday August 14 is Social Security’s 80th birthday. Millions were saved from abject poverty and hopelessness. Time to celebrate and to defend the social state, not the punishing state!

In a world where alternatives and radical thinking are encouraged and not made taboo, love of the future and confidence in human learning capacity can grow. The blurry future where most earn less than in the 1970s is the result of false assumptions, myths and fairy tales. Market failures and state failures are not identified and corrected. The homo oeconomicus, the egoist maximizing his advantages, is stylized as rationality. Long-term unemployment isn’t really counted any more. Auditors at IRS are dismissed so fraud and business-friendly inertia and enrichment go unchecked.

A computer guru told me few people pay attention to my website because of the lack of original content. Most of the 800 translated articles are original and not “unoriginal” and would be unavailable to English-speaking readers.

Hundreds of millions should be spent to train writers, translators and researchers so we’re not forever “cooking the intelligence” or captive to one’dimensional McDonaldization thinking. The last question will be whether you’ve received your McDonald’s uniform in the mail!

While FDR created 4 million jobs in two-and-a-half years, prosperous countries seem ready to be “entertained to death” (cf. Neil Postman). Freedom on the quiet seems reduced to Ponderosa this and Mr. Cartright that! We must be super-human to be people of hope in a culture that dismisses alternatives as “unoriginal”!

Here’s a link to William Davies’ article: How friendship became a tool of the powerful:

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/may/07/how-friendship-became-tool-of-powerful

more at www.booktv.org, www.nextnewdeal.net, www.foreffectivegov.org and www.openculture.com

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