Econ 101: Math meets People

People's Economics

Listen to United for a Fair Economy and it's completely obvious that we live in a world of abundance, in which ordinary people are completely ready to work to create more value than they need back, and poverty comes from unfair power of the elites over ordinary working people.

Mathematical Economics

Sit in an Econ 101 class and it's mathematically proven that we live in a world of scarcity where people are paid according to what they contribute, and an unfettered market will generally provide the most fair results, the best choice for everyone from working class to CEOs.

Two completely different, contradictory worldviews, that each make sense when you listen to them. Progressives outside universities, and professors in their classes, simply don't talk to each other. The don't bridge the divide, and students struggling with the math of Econ 101 are not in a position to translate non-academic progressive thought into academic graphs and equations. I want to create a book that does so.

The book will have a couple goals:

  • Partly it will "extra credit" work for students who really want to push the abstract, simplified sketches they learn in Econ 101 into more real world examples. If you want to do better on your tests, reading this guide will help you make things make more sense.
  • This book will prepare progressives to shred their economics professors silly simplifications. Fun!
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