Sunday, December 14, 2003

Economics Lost in Translation

Discussion of Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation from an apologist for capitalism. “Murray’s character seems to serve as a focal point for the movie’s main theme: capitalism destroys art. . . . The city serves as a symbol: Tokyo is where art comes to die. This is a theme repeated throughout the movie.” Is the movie arguing against capitalism, per se? (Matthew Hirsch, Ludwig von Mises Institute, 28 Nov 2003) Worth reading, but not perhaps completely persuasive.

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definately worth reading.  that’s the funniest thing i’ve read all day. 

his advertizement for/slobbering praise of the amazing, magical Market that makes up the last third of the “article” is so theatrical and overblown that he sounds more like a coen bros characature than a real thinking person.  then again, economists in america these days all sound like blathering religious zealots. so i guess i’m not really surprised.

Posted by bibble on 15 Dec 03 at 02:24 AM
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economists in america these days all sound like blathering religious zealots

what about paul krugman? he never sounds anything but sensible to me…

that said, i do agree with you on this article. anyone who defends mass marketing is delusional. hell, even many conservatives understand that there is no such thing as a truly free market, and that advertising is inherently a corrupting force on media.

Posted by The Other Joey on 17 Dec 03 at 12:17 PM
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it was a generalization.  there are always exceptions, of course. 

“hell, even many conservatives understand that there is no such thing as a truly free market.”

it’s amazing that ANY thinking person, especially those directly involved in it, believes we have anything even remotely close to a “free market”.  ours is nothing of the sort.  it’s what all those wto and imf protests are really about.

Posted by bibble on 17 Dec 03 at 04:16 PM

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