March 31, 2018

The Supreme Being handed over these Twelve Economics Commandments

Comment on Barkley Rosser on 'Anniversary of Yeshua bin Yusuf dying on a cross'


The Supreme Being ― which is by logical necessity absolutely indifferent with regard to galaxy, planet, gender, age, race, nation, religion, party, social status, income/wealth ― spoke out of the clouds and handed over these Twelve Economics Commandments:

1. Never cite the Bible or other religious texts in an economic argument.

2. Maintain the strict separation of science and religion under all circumstances.

3. Maintain the strict separation of science and politics under all circumstances.#1

4. Do not dabble in psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, political science, philosophy, theology, social philosophy, or any other of the so-called social sciences. Economics is a systems science.

5. Do not believe: prove. The number of followers on social media does NOT count as scientific proof.

6. Figure out how the actual economic system works and communicate your results in the format of a materially/formally consistent theory.

7. Absolutely refrain from storytelling, metaphors, analogies, narratives, gossip, insinuation, filibuster, sermonizing, propaganda,  disinformation, foretelling/ prophecies/predictions, and other rhetorical means.

8. Do not apply methodological individualism/microfoundations/partial analysis.#2

9. Do not moralize, the subject matter of economics is IS not OUGHT. How the Good Society can be realized has to be determined in the political sphere by the Legitimate Sovereign. See 3.

10. Be, first of all, aware that there are knowledge and opinion, science and non-science, scientific standards/ethics and anything-goes, true and false with nothing in-between. The ethics of science is objectivity, i.e. material and formal consistency. The goal of economics is the true theory.

11. Rest assured that those who violate scientific standards/ethics go to hell and will be tortured in all eternity with the senseless blather of Walrasianism, Keynesianism, Marxianism, Austrianism, and Pluralism.#3

12. Make no mistake: alone scientists will go to heaven. As everyone can easily imagine, the Supreme Being will NOT share eternity with morons, imbeciles, political agenda pushers, blatherers, trolls, believers, impostors, journalists, the bigots of common sense, and failed/fake scientists.

Egmont Kakarot-Handtke

#1 The strict separation of the scientific realm and the political realm is necessary because politics always and everywhere corrupts science. This point has been made abundantly clear by J. S. Mill: “A scientific observer or reasoner, merely as such, is not an adviser for practice. His part is only to show that certain consequences follow from certain causes, and that to obtain certain ends, certain means are the most effectual. Whether the ends themselves are such as ought to be pursued, and if so, in what cases and to how great a length, it is no part of his business as a cultivator of science to decide, and science alone will never qualify him for the decision.” For details see
Throw them out! Orthodox and heterodox economists are unfit for science
#2 If it isn’t macro-axiomatized, it isn’t economics
#3 Economics is not a science, not a religion, but proto-scientific garbage

REPLY to Barkley Rosser on Mar 1

Economics claims since Adam Smith/Karl Marx to be a science. Yet, everybody who has a rough idea of what science is all about and looks closer into the matter comes to the conclusion that economics is a failed science. Economics consists of four main approaches ― Walrasianism, Keynesianism, Marxianism, Austrianism ― which are mutually contradictory, axiomatically false, and materially/formally inconsistent.

Economics has to this day produced NOTHING of scientific value. This is the track record: provably false
• profit theory, for 200+ years,
• Walrasian microfoundations (including equilibrium), for 150+ years,
• Keynesian macrofoundations (including I=S/IS-LM), for 80+ years.

Economics needs a Paradigm Shift because the pluralism of false theories is untenable. Heterodoxy is provably false, just as Orthodoxy.#1 Economists do not know to this day how the price- and profit mechanism works. Economic policy guidance has had no sound scientific foundation for 200+ years.

Economics is what Feynman called a cargo cult science, economists are failed/fake scientists, the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel is a deception of the public.  Economics is one of the worst cases of failure/fraud in the history of modern science.

Gresham’s Law says that bad money crowds good money out of circulation. Something similar holds for economics which has become over the years the venue of incompetent scientists, agenda pushers, cranks, scammers, and useful political idiots.

Two typical exemplars of this species are Barkley Rosser and Andres. Barkley Rosser does to this day not understand the difference between the foundational concepts of profit and income, has busily produced peer-reviewed papers but contributed nothing to the advancement of science, and now spreads idiocy/disinformation on economics blogs.#2 His Yusuf post is a case in point. This self-disqualifying post is a good indicator of the vast proportions the accumulated bullshit has grown into in the last 200+ years of “economic sciences”.

#For details of the big picture see cross-references Failed/Fake Scientists


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REPLY to Andres on Mar 2

You say: “6. Human beings are irritating creatures. If you make an argument for why they should behave consistently under a given system, they will find some situation to make their behavior inconsistent, if for no other reason than to annoy the economist.”

Obviously, you have not realized that economics is a systems science and that there are objective systemic laws. It is long known that there is NO such thing as behavioral laws. Exactly for this reason it is sheer madness to build economics on the behavioral assumption of constrained optimization.

The morons of economics do not know what the scientists in all ages knew: “The bifurcation of motion into two fundamentally different types, one for natural motions of non-living objects and another for acts of human volition ... is obviously related to the issue of free will, and demonstrates the strong tendency of scientists in all ages to exempt human behavior from the natural laws of physics, and to regard motions resulting from human actions as original, in the sense that they need not be attributed to other motions.” (Brown)

For details see:

REPLY to Andres on Mar 2

It is always a grand spectacle to observe a goldfish brain starting to work and getting into high gear. You just re-discovered behavioral uncertainty: “… we might say that the human factor is the ultimately uncertain and wayward element in social life and in all social institutions.” (Popper, 1960), and change: “Important revolutions have occurred before our time, and since the days of Heraclitus change has been discovered over and over again.” (Popper, 1960)#1

I wonder how long it takes you to discover that the story of “one hapless dude who was nailed to a cross” is fake news for 2000+ years.#2

The true mystery is why the alleged economist Barkley Rosser recycles scientifically long-refuted storytelling on an alleged economics blog. Even goldfishes know by now that the subject matter of economics is the economy and NOTHING else.

#2 YouTube Richard Carrier


REPLY to Barkley Rosser, Andres, ANC Driver on Mar 3


The continued production of verbal soap bubbles may result in a hazardous lack of oxygen in the brain and in para-scientific hallucinations which inevitably lead via the Yusuf-Syndrome to a total mental collapse and, in addition, cause incurable cognitive disturbances among unsuspecting economics students and explosive vomiting in the scientific community.