Monday, March 12, 2007

Amazing Grace

The movie Amazing Grace describes the abolitionist movement in England. Part of the story on the support of eliminating slavery is not well known.

Economics is known as “the dismal science.” People incorrectly assume this stems from Malthus (I used to think this).

The reason why Thomas Carlyle dubbed economics as dismal was because early economists like JS Mill used economics to state that all men were equal. From a GMU professor who studied this in depth:

Carlyle attacked Mill, not for supporting Malthus's predictions about the dire consequences of population growth, but for supporting the emancipation of slaves. It was this fact—that economics assumed that people were basically all the same, and thus all entitled to liberty—that led Carlyle to label economics "the dismal science."

Carlyle was not alone in denouncing economics for making its radical claims about the equality of all men. Others who joined him included Charles Dickens and John Ruskin. The connection was so well known throughout the 19th century, that even cartoonists could refer to it, knowing that their audience would get the reference.

1 comment:

The Amazing Change said...

Thanks for the blog regarding the film, Amazing Grace.

Just wanted to let you know that this weekend and next, supporters of the Amazing Change Campaign are hosting Amazing Nights Of Grace, in a concerted effort to get everyone talking about the issue of modern day slavery. The Amazing Change is a social justice campaign launched in conjunction with the release of Amazing Grace to abolish modern day slavery.

Plan your own Amazing Grace event and use the film to discuss your activism, faith, and other important themes from Amazing Grace. All the tools are ready for your use. The steps to plan your own event can be found at the following website:

http://www.theamazingchange.com/amazingnightofgrace.html

Learn about people continuing the work of William Wilberforce today at http://www.theamazingchange.com. Thanks again for your support. Please let us know if you have any questions or need any support by contacting us through this page.

Chris
The Amazing Change Campaign