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From the editor and magazine that started and named the Occupy Wall Street movement,Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economicsis an articulation of what could be the next steps in rethinking and remaking our world that challenges and debunks many of the assumptions of neoclassical economics and brings to light a more ecological model.Meme Warsaims to acc ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Seven Stories Press (first published June 19th 2012)
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Timothy Chklovski
A book-sized pamphlet encouraging readers to challenge their professors and generally disrupt consumerism. Picked it up for the title, and looked through it because I subscribe to the idea of seeking disconfirming evidence.

Although I'm clearly not the target audience, I found its presentation style interesting (if "noisy", which I think it somewhat hypocritically critiques capitalist systems for).

As one might expect, the book overlooks the benefits that rule of law and economic prosperity bring;
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Vlad
Splendid call for ACTION!
Aayisha
Meme wars is about economics, society and the world today. An adult picture book with many words to make your feel better.
Honestly, this book is amazing, full of remarkable facts and figures that one wouldn’t know otherwise. However, as I haven’t even been taught economics, the book can be a challenge.
Kalle Lasn has a chatty, informal way of looking and that is reflected throughout the book.
The layout is really interesting and the little questions make you think deeper than superficial.
“Does lif
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Anna
Where was this book ten years ago? I really needed it when I was eighteen, fresh from being frustrated by the blinkered stupidity of A-level economics and disappointed that the economics paper in my undergraduate course seemed little better. This book is intended as an antidote to standard neoclassical economics textbooks, such as bloody Mankiw (the unchallenged assumptions in that book drove me mad). As such, I think it works well. 'Meme Wars' uses the same format as Adbusters magazine, which i ...more
Brett
The rhetoric may be a bit repetitive/radical for some, but considering the topic I think it's well deserved.
Brian
For those who think that anarchists and Occupy movement types are thoughtless and without theoretical foundations, this book compiled by the Adbusters group under founder Kalle Lasn's dirction is a must read. It focuses on economic theory, critiquing the current paradigm (neoclassicism), but offering an amazing array of competing theories and visions.
Andy Mitchell
This book is weird.
And thought-provoking.

It put me to sleep several times, even though I loved the intellectual challenge of following the many essays challenging MSNBC financial beliefs.

This book is hard work, full of pictures and essays and strange collages.

I give it my highest recommendation. Even though you'll probably hate it.
Steve Mahr
One of the most influential books I have ever read. This book did for me in the area of lifestyle what Jesus for President did for me in how I understand Christ/Poverty/Violence. It is an eye-opening, mind-blowing, upsetting and yet hopeful critique on our entire global operating system.
Alex Boerger
This Book contains great insight and ideas. Many Perspectives I never thought about. But I was missing the meme part. I read a lot about memetics and so i expected something else. I was hoping for some thoughts about the question: Where do the current memes come from and what we can do about it.
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Bookmarked at Max-Neef piece.
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