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the dismal science

A disparaging term for the discipline of economics, coined in 1849 by Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle as a label for the school of economists who supported the abolition of slavery. Economists have predicted that the exponential population growth will eventually cause our entire society to collapse in on itself—I suppose that is why they are known as practitioners of the dismal science.
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The students of the dismal science polled by the National Association for Business Economics forecast U.
Over the last couple of decades, a fair number of physicists have attempted to apply their methods to the dismal science.
Musgrave takes on Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science by Charles Wheelan.
Charles Wheelan (2003), author of Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science, writes, "The sad irony of Econ 101 is that students too often suffer through dull, esoteric lectures while economics is going on all around them.
Encouraged by Ayn Rand pabulum and the nostrums of the dismal science, the market is now the primary prism through which we understand our world.
This year, Charles Wheelan, author of Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science, will give the keynote address.
His steady-state economics is a subdiscipline that adds another "eco," as in ecology, to the issues that should most concern practitioners of the dismal science.
While Alex Salmond was studying the dismal science - economics - in the academic birthplace of Thatcherism, I was studying natural science in the academic home of the enlightenment.
If not, his actions could make a gloomy case study for some future professor of the dismal science.
Human goods, economic evils; a moral approach to the dismal science.
This isn't the usual economics tome, packed with neoclassical economic formulae that make the dismal science a dismal read.
Economics may be the dismal science, but business is all about optimism.
Economics is called the dismal science for many reasons, not the least of these being that its primary and unwelcome--lesson is that nothing is free.
For example, I have a picture with the president and Nancy on which he added a teasing note thanking me for "explaining the dismal science to Nancy.
How the Dismal Science Got Its Name: Classical Economics and the Ur-Text of Racial Politics.