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Illustrating Economics
Beasts, Ballads and Aphorisms

ISBN 9781412811705
Published September 15, 2009 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

This volume is a sampling of quips, verses, drawings, and even the music of one of the most original and versatile minds of the twentieth century, Kenneth Boulding prominent economist, lecturer, and author.

The driving force behind Kenneth Boulding's wideranging book is that he truly en joys all that he does. Indeed, his greatest accomplishment may very well be that he was a profoundly happy man. This is reflected in works that are laced with beauty, wit, and extraordinary imagery-works that are often composed and appeared in the most unexpected of places. In the midst of one of the classic textbooks of his generally staid profession, Economic Analysis, Boulding introduced the "bathtub theorem." Illustrating Economics: Beasts, Ballads and Aphorisms is a collection of similar instances and, as such, it is fun.

The reader should be advised that the book contains traps. Boulding coats his ideas with sugar to please his audience as well as promote consumption. He describes peace as "a drab girl with an olive branch corsage whom no red-blooded American (or Russian) could conceivably warm up to." The reader smiles at the recognition of the truth inherent within the image and ponders the irony of why so fine a state as peace should be regarded as dull, and so ugly a condition as war should be regarded as romantic. This book is for enjoyment, but it should carry the following warning: Caution-Reading this may be stimulating to your intellect.

Table of Contents

Memoirs of a Pre-Beatle-Liverpudlian American
Human Nature
Youth and Age
Ethics and Common Sense
Truth and Knowledge
Economics, the Economy, and the Economic Man
Corporations and Other Organizations
Government and Politics
Capitalism, Communism, and Socialism
Foreign Affairs
Nations and History
War and Peace
Science and Technology
Evolution, Ecology, and Spaceship Earth
The Future

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