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RSA Workshop Announcement

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 7, 2014 - 11:28am

Rhetoric and Economics

Workshop Leader:

Mark Longaker, University of Texas at Austin


This Week in Class Warfare

Submitted by Jim Aune on April 3, 2011 - 7:34pm

The new poverty. (When Wonkette covers economic news better than the MSM, you know we're like totally fucked.) And Joseph Stiglitz in Vanity Fair (of all places). This is just a test. Go back to doing Deleuzian readings of Project Runway, or whatever people are doing these days.


New Book on Rhetoric of Economics

Submitted by Jim Aune on January 30, 2011 - 3:15pm

Paul Turpin's book, The Moral Rhetoric of Political Economy is now available from Routledge. I've read it in manuscript and heartily recommend it.


Zizek, animated, on charity

Submitted by syntaxfactory on August 2, 2010 - 11:00am

Jim pointed out this resource before; here is their latest posting, of Zizek on why charity is counterproductive.


The Wreck of the American (Minnesotan) Middle Class, and a Little Autism Thrown In

Submitted by Jim Aune on August 1, 2010 - 6:49pm

The whole sad story. In the 1930's, this sort of thing led to revolutionary movements in the West. The burden of rhetorical studies to explain both the arousal and quiescence of the "people."


None But PHD's in Econ Need Speak

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 29, 2010 - 10:09pm

Mike Konczai is a national treasure. Horowitz et al. never talk about the systematic indoctrination by economics departments and business schools. Meanwhile, nice to see myself cited in a virtuous cause.


Another Old Unpublished Paper

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 29, 2010 - 6:10pm

Offered here, sans footnotes (I couldn't figure out the formatting, but if anyone wants the full paper, I'll be happy to email it). I partly disavow this now, because it was written before the "behavioral economics" revolution that definitively called into question the assumptions of rational choice, but I think the discussion of ideology might still have some relevance.

Toward a Positive Economic Theory of Rhetorical Action
Paper presented at Rhetoric Society of America convention
Las Vegas, Nevada, May 2002


Identity Economics

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 4, 2010 - 1:24pm

I'm catching up on my economics reading a bit this week. Some day I'll go back and revise my "rhetoric and rational choice" essay that has now put people to sleep both times I've presented it. A long and useful discussion of Akerlof/Kranton's new "identity economics," with *huge* implications for how we discuss ideology.