Solar Economics

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An essay by Len Bracken exploring the inadequacies of normal economic thinking, in the spirit of Bataille and others who reject scarcity.

Our eyes turn away from the dazzling sun, just as our thoughts turn away from death. Neither death nor the sun can be looked at without flinching.

We're explosions of energy whose thoughts must drift as far as the nearest star for our imaginations to stretch to the point that we can know what we want--right here, right now. Use the heavens as a scale with which to measure human history. Glorious events and imperial conquests are represented by political economists as the outcome of grand plans; they are usually driven by insane passions. Humanity is mirrored in fire. New passions are formed when old ones are destroyed.