Reply to post: Re: "The Dismal Science"

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Tim Worstal

Re: "The Dismal Science"

Dismal science is a very good name for it. Thomas Carlyle wanted to argue that slavery was just great because we pink people were so much better than those melanin enhanced ones. Economists then pointed out that paid labour was actually more efficient than slave labour.

Thus Carlyle called it the dismal science because its facts meant he didn't get to play out his Mandingo fantasies.

Strange what you can prove with something that just isn't a science, isn't it?

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