170 Economists Sign Statement In Support Of Occupy Wall Street | Crooks and Liars’ Susie Madrak points out that Econ4.org has posted an open letter from economists in support of Occupy Wall Street. Now, 170 economists have signed it. The economists complain about the right-wing dominance of the economics profession and say they support a “vision of building an economy that works for the people, for the planet, and for the future“:
We are economists who oppose ideological cleansing in the economics profession. Equally we oppose political cleansing in the vital debate over the causes and consequences of our current economic crisis. We support the efforts of the Occupy Wall Street movement across the country and across the globe to liberate the economy from the short-term greed of the rich and powerful “one percent”.
We oppose cynical and perverse attempts to misuse our police officers and public servants to expel advocates of the public good from our public spaces. We extend our support to the vision of building an economy that works for the people, for the planet, and for the future, and we declare our solidarity with the Occupiers who are exercising our democratic right to demand economic and social justice.