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Sat Jun 11, 2016, 02:28 PM

46. Yes. It is a readable version of the argument in his book.

I came across the Utopian article while looking for reviews of the book. Mirowski assumes not only knowledge of what obscure economist makes what contorted argument, but also a knowledge of the exotic words and metaphors he uses in his mockery.

Still, his "More Heat than Light" is a marvelous deconstruction of neoclassical economics as nothing more than warmed over 19th century physics, which he refers to as "The Laplacian Dream". (You can find a lengthy review here.) It was because of MHTL that I picked up the newer book; and because of MHTL that I plodded my way through the recherche screed that is the first chapter.

I do appreciate this thread. It has allowed me to collect several detailed exposees/critiques of the shape-shifting monster that is neoliberalism.

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