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 Why Strict Fathers teach "Economic Literacy"
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 George Lakoff, Michael Hudson, Richard K. Moore (Reading)
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This week's show attempts to deconstruct the matrix of illusion that surrounds money and economics that is used to disorientate citizens and keep them working hard for their corporate masters.

The first part is a speech by cognitive linguist, George Lakoff, entitled "Moral Politics". He explains the nature of metaphor and presents two contrasting approaches to parenthood, the "Strict Father" and the "Nurturing parent" models, linking these to Republican v. Democratic politics in US. I present some information I've uncovered about "economic literacy", and how business leaders used it to promote some of the worldview that Lakoff refers to as the "Strict Father" model.

The second hour revisits Lyn Gerry's reading of Richard K. Moore's "Escaping The Matrix" essay from episode #87, deconstructing the economic and political agenda of the 1980's in US/UK and beyond. We conclude with another lively deconstruction, by economist Michael Hudson, likening the FIRE (Finance, Insurance & Real Estate) sector to a parasite that lives on the host of the productive economy. Most obviously, it sucks money from it, less remarked upon, it numbs the brain of the body politic, through control of mass media, to present itself as essential to the health of its prey, the real economy.
Thanks to Lyn Gerry, Bonnie Faulkner
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