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Thursday, September 20, 2012 

A bad type of graphic novel about economy

The Nashua Telegraph is fawning over a new graphic novel about economics that's got at least one fishy thing inside:
Michael Goodwin hasn’t just written a great graphic novel – he has written one that should be required for every school, newsroom and library in America.

“Economix: How Our Economy Works (and Doesn’t Work) in Words and Pictures” (Abrams ComicArts, $19.95) condenses and explains how modern economies work, from roughly the beginning of capitalism to the present.

In the process, Goodwin explores the great works, models and philosophies of a lot of economists we’ve all heard of, but never understood, including:

Adam Smith, “The Wealth of Nations,” 1776.

Karl Marx and Fredrich Engels, “The Communist Manifesto,” 1848.

John Kenneth Galbraith, “The Affluent Society,” 1958.

Milton Friedman, “Wealth and Freedom,” 1962.

Joseph Stiglitz, “Globalization and Its Discontents,” 2002.
Whoa now, what's Marx's propaganda got to do with this? Just how is the work of a man who set the stage for socialism, communism, atheism, and even Marxism "great"? And what makes it "required reading" for every common school system? The following doesn't give reason to expect this book to be positive in its outlook either:
...one problem for “Economix”: It skewers a lot of sacred cows on the right of American politics, such as free-market fundamentalism and trickle-down economics.

Is Goodwin worried about a conservative backlash?

“I should be so lucky to become big enough that they have to respond to it,” he said with a laugh.
Well we'll all be lucky if it doesn't, and it probably won't anyway. It all sounds more like something whose goal is to advocate the kind of socialist economic policies the Obama administration's been pushing, and while I hardly know enough about financial issues, I do know enough about Karl Marx to know his socialist visions were a bad lot, and if Goodwin is promoting his dreadful ideas, that's reason enough to avoid this graphic novel, which most definitely should not be welcomed at educational centers anywhere. The children of the world should not have marxist philosophies forced down their throats by a shameless graphic novelist who's even blatant enough to signal he doesn't like conservatives.

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I read this article in the Star Tribune a week or so ago... I was shaking my head as I read it, like I do with every one of Captain Comics' "articles." This graphic novel just sounds like propaganda, pure and simple. The fact that Marx is even included is enough for me to shy away from it.

Stiglitz is also basically a modern-day Marx. Just with slightly less actual violence encouraged.

Yeah, I've come to that same conclusion about him. I love how Captain Comics thinks it should be "required reading..." the only reason he thinks that is because he happens to agree with the writer's political philosophy.

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