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Monday, January 12, 2009

In the beginning was the stuff: a creation myth for today's bourgeoisie

The lesson is found in the first chapter of the Book of Spectators, beginning to read at the first verse.

In the beginning there was nobody around to create anything, just stuff.
And the stuff was without form and void,
Only not quite, because there were some eddies in the stream of entropy.
Though obviously not because of anybody thinking they were a good idea.
And by a happy chance the eddies brought forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life etc. etc.
A day or two later the eddies created market economies, and every banker that jetteth over the earth after his kind, and the market economies brought forth bonuses abundantly,
And the bankers saw every thing that they had made, and, behold, it was very good.
On the next day things weren't looking quite so hot.
And the bankers said, this bottom-up business is all very well, but let's not get fanatical about it, so let the taxpayer bring forth bail-out packages.
And the bankers trousered the bail-outs, and behold, it was still reasonably satisfactory.

Here endeth the lesson.

[Footnote: dialectical materialism, the Leninist state religion, claimed that class struggle and revolution were inscribed in the natural order of things. Awarding the same status to market economies is probably less dangerous but certainly just as silly. Either way science is being misappropriated to provide an ideology with a mythology.]

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