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Devil’s dung

from David Ruccio


Pope Francis’s recent references to money as the “dung of the devil” (or, alternatively, the “devil’s dung“) brought to mind lots of different references (from the etymology of dung in terms of different classes of workers to Freud’s tale of the devil whose gifts of money turn to excrement upon his leaving).

But, at the suggestion of a friend [ht: ja], I also began to imagine how we might retitle basic economics courses in a Catholic university. Consider the following:

Econ 101—Mephistopheles’ Market Manure

Econ 102:—Satanic Sewers of National Economies

or just get right to the point,

all intro-level courses—Beezelbub’s Bourgeois Bullshit

Any other suggestions?

  1. macroambiente
    July 15, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Considering previous statements I think that the Pope refers to the monetary policy. If this is the case the contribution to a new syllabus seems to make the point.

  2. July 15, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    I really liked the third suggestion for all intro classes. So for us economists here some ways in which we should rename our profession:
    Bullshit Artists
    Evil doers
    Devil’s advocates
    Dung experts
    Environmental economists, could also be re labelled as excrement recyclers

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