1746. Law and its source in equal distribution

Finding A clue is exhilerating.

I wrote  this morning.. the important part in bold.

First, economies is about humans and their relationship to the material world that sustains them. Modern economics is obviously a vast reduction of that complexity to the isolated individual in a market of other isolated individuals, passing each other as though in hazmat suits. Economics should help understand and manage that relationship between people and world, taking into account anything that might be relevant. Its origin is from the Greek word, eco-nomos – the man-made law of the household, or, as the Greeks took it, estate management, when the estate was the main unit of production. Economics dealt with the whole situation: the land, family relations, slaves, food, education and politics. in contrast to the sister discipline of ecology, eco-logos, the natural science of the environment that is our home.. The divergent of eco-nomics from eco-logy is one of the ironies of our time. As a first cut, ecology is the science (logos) of our environment and economics is the study of the human institutions (nomos) that intersect with the environment. They should always go together. Details count as we are looking for clues as to what happened and what could happen. The “logos” of eco-nomos, meaning logic, system, management by the time of Plato, earlier had meant “equal distribution.” This is a realization that the natural tendency is toward concentration, but the system view of equal distribution requires law, a counterforce to the natural tendency toward concentration. Ethics over mere force. Today law is used to protect unequal distribution, not to move toward it. quite a shift.

Reference text

The stereotypical description of the sacrifice in Homer (2e)is a symptom of the subjective element of continuity, of the insistence that the sacrifice continue to be performed in the same way. The power of this sub-jective element manifests itself widely. It has been in various ways argued that the idea of sacrificial distribution exercised considerable influence on a range of Greek vocabulary, conceptions, and institutions. The beginning of civilization is associated with the ordered distribution of food.3 The solidarity and articulation of the polis is expressed in its animal sacrifices,4 in which the principle of equal distribution (found in Homer: 2e) remains powerful.5 Full citizenship and entitlement to participation in the sacrifi-cial meal seem to be one and the same.6 Even the division of urban space may use the terminology of dividing up an animal.7 More specifically, the word for law or convention, nomos, derives from nemein (to distribute)and so presumably at first meant distribution,8 then the principle of distrbution. In Homer nomos does not occur, but nemein (and the compoundepinemein) does – almost always (when in the active voice, meaning dis-tribute) of food or drink.9 Nomos first occurs in Hesiod, where of the eight occurrences two refer to sacrifice10 From Sandford, Richard , Money and the Early Greek Mind. Pg 49.


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