Who’s Counting – Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies and Global Economics _on Economic Collapse Teach-in

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Who’s Counting – Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies and Global Economics

Marilyn Waring is the author of a book on women in the world economy entitled: “If Women Counted” to this day a persuasive and vivid argument against endless economic growth. At age 22 Waring became the youngest member of the New Zealand Parliament. She chaired the prestigious Public Expenditures Committee and became familiar with the Gross Domestic Product system and decided to disclose its pathologies in a film, her teachings at AUT University in Auckland and really her life as a feminist economist. The film traces her quest to explore how the fate of women and of the earth are irrevocably tied up with the deadly pursuit of economic growth.

Marilyn Waring was only 22 when she was first elected to the New Zealand Parliament. She was shocked and dismayed when she learned that all countries that are members of the UN are forced to keep their books and design their budgets under the system of National Income Accounting. This GDP system counts only cash transactions in the market and recognizes no value other than money. This means there is no value to peace and to the preservation of the environment. This segment opens with war. Under the GDP accounting system war is the biggest growth industry of all. A segment recorded in the Philippines shows that the labor of women feeding their children with subsistence agriculture is of no value, while sexual slavery that brings tourists to the country is counted as valuable in the GDP. Waring ends by proposing a time based accounting system and recommends that women take over the political process by demanding gender parity.

This radio program is based on the audio of a documentary film with on location voices from Africa, North America, the Philippines, including subsistence farmers, arms merchants, sex traders and an interview with the late economist John Kenneth Galbraith.

Former New Zealand member of Parliament, author, feminist economist, professor and goat farmer Marilyn Waring gives a one hour critique of the concept of economic growth. Since powerful forces in banking and public policy are driving attempts to restore growth to solve the 2009 financial crisis it is so important to listen to the critics of growth.

Marilyn Waring said that the GDP system counts only cash transactions in the market. This means there is no value to peace, to the preservation of the environment, and no value to unpaid work. The GDP system leaves out half the population of the planet and the planet itself.

Marilyn Waring’s work and intriguing life is described in this 1996 documentary film by Terre Nash. I’m bringing back the audio of this film to support a debate on changing the current United Nations’ National Income Accounting system using the GDP.

In 2 Parts. Part 2 immediately follows Part 1. One hour total. From A TUC Radio Presentation.

The Economic Collapse Teach-in encompasses upon some of the most highly controversial an crucial subjects of our day—the collapsing economy, the Federal Reserve, the Banks, Wall Street, financial fraud, foreclosures, homelessness, unemployment, workers rights, unions, trade agreements, etc. We scour the world to find and gather debates and presentations that are extremely informative and educational. Related subjects are also discussed. It provides key information for the uninitiated and the initiated alike.



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