'Monstrous Moral Hybrids' and the Corrupting Quality of Public Debt
38 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 2016
Date Written: October 30, 2016
This is the penultimate version of the last of six chapters in a book titled Public Debt: An Illusion of Democratic Political Economy. This essay explores how public debt is a troubling practice for republican and democratic regimes because of its ability to corrupt the language and practice of political economy. For instance, the idea of contract is a perfectly good and sensible concept to apply to the private ordering of economic interaction. When that term is extended to public ordering outside the hypothetical construction of a cooperative state, it becomes a piece of ideology that obscures the role of public debt in promoting the interests of politically dominant groups within society.
Keywords: Jane Jacobs; monstrous moral hybrids; romance vs. realism in public ordering; erosion of trust through public ordering
JEL Classification: D72, E30, E62, H62
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