When I hear people speak about human systems in terms of science or nature, I think “no.” Framing a topic in terms of ecology or natural law attempts to give it more credence, but every large system with deeply ingrained patterns is not science. The “social sciences” took their name as an homage to the real deal, a quaint way for, say, sociology to sneak in there next to the branches that de-code chromosomes and build rocket ships. Economics is the most aggressive social science. Capitalists claim the system is as natural as evolution and that the free-market is an intricate, self-perfecting coral reef. Hands off.
Economics are not ecology
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