CLASS ACTION: THE GLOBAL INSURGENCY AGAINST ECONOMICS (FILM) A Project of Documentaries
HOMO ECONOMICUS IS DEAD BUT YOU WOULD NEVER KNOW IT IF YOU WERE TAKING ECONOMICS CLASSES IN MOST UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES, OR HIGH SCHOOLS.
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MORE IMPORTANTLY, MY STORYTELLING WILL TAKE YOU TO THE FRONT-LINES OF THE STRUGGLE TO RECLAIM ECONOMICS IN THE NAME OF SCIENCE. MEET THE AVATARS OF NEW ECONOMIC THINKING. AND MEET THE ENEMIES OF CHANGE AND THEIR ATTEMPTS TO DEFEAT THE COURAGEOUS CHALLENGERS.
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MY FILM WILL TAKE YOU TO THE FRONT LINES OF THIS SLIDE INTO A DARK AGE OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT AS YOU MEET THOSE - LIKE PAUL ROMER (SEE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE) - WHO ARE RAISING THEIR VOICES IN PROTEST. JOIN IN THE MOVEMENT BY HELPING GET THIS FILM MADE!
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Support CLASS ACTION with a $25 donation and receive a thank you letter from the film's director and an honorary 'degree' sent by snail mail certifying you as an 'alt-econ avatar' [feel free to frame it].Support CLASS ACTION with a $75 donation and receive the above premium/reward, plus a customized t-shirt with film title design printed on the front and 'Class Action film crew' printed across the back top area [two colors available; this donation thus makes you a film crew member].
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Support CLASS ACTION with a $1,000 donation and receive the above premium/rewards, plus an all-access VIP pass as an avatar of new economic thinking to any film-related events, including any festival screenings and film award events [dates to be announced; does not include travel/lodging expenses].
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John Summa at email@example.com or 802.846.7509
Class Action is being produced by Rise Up Filming, LLC, a Vermont-based company founded by John Summa. John Summa is a journalist, author, veteran economist, and award-winning filmmaker. He is a member of the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE) and has written for Dollars & Sense, Investopedia.com (now owned by Forbes), Extra!, Multinational Monitor, Toward Freedom, among other publications. John received his Ph.D in economics from the New School for Social Research and has written four books on quantitative finance topics, which are published by John Wiley & Sons. He resides in Burlington, Vermont.
FREEING ECON FROM GROUPTHINKFROM BLOOMBERG NEWS REPORTING ON PAUL ROMER - NOW CHIEF ECONOMIST AT THE WORLD BANK - WHO OUTTED THE PROFESSION RECENTLY IN A PAPER HE WROTE:
"For more than three decades, macroeconomics has gone backwards," the paper began. Romer closed out his argument, some 20 pages later, by accusing a cohort of economists of drifting away from science, more interested in preserving reputations than testing their theories against reality, "more committed to friends than facts." In between, he offers a wicked parody of a modern macro argument: "Assume A, assume B, ... blah blah blah ... and so we have proven that P is true."
MORE ON ROMER FROM BLOOMBERG
Romer said he hopes at least to have set an example, for younger economists, of how scientific inquiry should proceed -- on Enlightenment lines. No authority-figures should command automatic deference, or be placed above criticism, and voices from outside the like-minded group shouldn't be ignored. He worries that those principles are at risk, well beyond his own field. "I've been thinking about progress my whole career. It's a little bit frightening to think this could all unwind."
And at the deepest level, he thinks it's a misunderstanding of science that has sent so many economists down the wrong track. "Essentially, their belief was that math could tell you the deep secrets of the universe," he said.