Economics 101, A Novelwritten by Joel Matthew Rees
Copyright 2016, Joel Matthew Rees
All rights reserved.
[JMR20160909: This was a blind alley. I am currently working in the initial/rough draft. ]
[JMR201607251724: I'm re-thinking the rewrite, and putting it on hold: (http://joel-rees-economics.blogspot.com/2016/08/economics-101-novel-whats-happening.html).
You can read what I have here, or you can read the rough draft,
which I am continuing to work on.]
This will be the first (hopefully) of a series of novels intended to construct a simplified model of economics. I intend it to aid concrete discussion and analysis in a field where the best current theories seem to produce too many bank failures, recessions, famines, and other dysfunctional artifacts of human economy.
I was at first surprised that the framing story for the model keeps getting mushy every time I turn around. But economics touches pretty much everything we do as human beings, so why not? If you find the occasional tendency to look like a cheap paperback romance novel disappointing, well, I apologize in advance.
Touching on religion? Well, yes, religion is another thing that adds to, or subtracts from, at least the perceived value of life. There will be quite a bit of that, as well. I am nominally Mormon, so there will be a bit of Mormon color to things. Again, mea culpa.
In order to keep the model realistic, I will at times address topics some will not find pleasant or agreeable. I will try to warn you in advance, so you can prepare yourself emotionally, or skip ahead.
But a realistic model has to deal with the non-ideal, so I can't really leave it out. I can only apologize in advance for it.
Leaving out the unpleasant realities is a large part of the reason that (for example) raves have become so popular. Nothing but sweetness and light makes for an upset and hungry stomach by the end of the day.
Table of Contents
- Preface (Chapter 000), in which I attempt to excuse myself for subjecting the world to this over-long rant: http://joel-rees-economics.blogspot.com/2016/06/econ101-novel-ch000-excuses.html.
- Chapter 001, in which I try really hard to convince you that a good single Mormon woman and a good single Mormon man might actually have some reason to find themselves all alone together on a desert island in the middle of some vast ocean, with no way to get back to civilization, of all silly things: http://joel-rees-economics.blogspot.com/2016/06/econ101-novel-ch001-framing-story.html.
- Chapter 100, in which Bobbie and Karel start examining and changing their priorities : http://joel-rees-economics.blogspot.com/2016/06/econ101-novel-ch100-bobbie-karel-priorities.html.
- Chapter 110, in which Wycliffe starts learning how to repent, maybe too late: http://joel-rees-economics.blogspot.com/2016/06/econ101-novel-ch110-wycliffe-changing.html.
- Chapter 120, in which Karel and Bobbie begin to explore the lab: http://joel-rees-economics.blogspot.com/2016/06/econ101-novel-ch120-tentative-exploration.html.
- Chapter 130, in which Zedidiah begins searching for the missing: http://joel-rees-economics.blogspot.com/2016/06/econ101-novel-ch130-no-contact.html.
- Chapter 140, in which Bobbie and Karel get a good first look at their new home: http://joel-rees-economics.blogspot.com/2016/06/econ101-novel-ch140-morning-of-2nd-day.html.
- Chapter 150, in which our co-protagonists behave responsibly before and during a storm, and gain some insight into their situation: http://joel-rees-economics.blogspot.com/2016/06/econ101-novel-ch150-storms.html.
- Chapter 160, in which Wycliffe and his grandparents are chaperones, and Bobbie's and Karel's parents become involved: http://joel-rees-economics.blogspot.com/2016/06/econ101-novel-ch160-dorm-moms.html.
- Chapter 170, in which Karel and Bobbie share a Sabbath together and get a day of rest, sort of: http://joel-rees-economics.blogspot.com/2016/06/econ101-novel-ch170-taking-rest.html.
- Chapter 180, in which Bobbie and Karel establish some important basic patterns for survival: http://joel-rees-economics.blogspot.com/2016/06/econ101-novel-ch180-preparing-for-long-haul.html.
- Chapter 190, in which the author proposes a meaningless model of economic interaction and tries lamely to convince the reader of something: http://joel-rees-economics.blogspot.com/2016/06/econ101-novel-ch190-mathematical-models.html.
- Chapter 200, in which two sets of parents receive inspiration and begin a long journey to find their children: http://joel-rees-economics.blogspot.com/2016/06/econ101-novel-ch200-on-a-hunch.html.
- Chapter 210, in which Zedidiah and Matt perform some stunts in the air, and Zedidiah finds out that Wycliffe ran out of fuel: http://joel-rees-economics.blogspot.com/2016/06/econ101-novel-ch210-checking-plane.html.
- Chapter 220, in which Bobbie and Karel start settling in to their work and learning to rest: http://joel-rees-economics.blogspot.com/2016/06/econ101-novel-ch220-making-rope-working-wood.html.
- Chapter 230, in which Zedidiah and the Coast Guard get started searching: http://joel-rees-economics.blogspot.com/2016/06/econ101-novel-ch230-searching-not-found.html.
- Chapter 240, in which Karel's and Bobbie's parents help search, and Wycliffe's body is found and bid farewell: http://joel-rees-economics.blogspot.com/2016/06/econ101-novel-ch240-parents-help-search.html.
- (Placeholder: This will be the next chapter to be written, re-written, or brought in from the rough draft.) [JMR201608191003 -- Except that, this re-write has been put on hold. When/whether I will return to it, I can't say.]
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