BERNARD MARIS, A.K.A. ONCLE BERNARD
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Born in Toulouse on September 23, 1946, and assassinated on January 7, 2015, in Paris during the attack at Charlie Hebdo.Bibliography
French economist, author, and journalist.
His mother was from Marseille, his father from Toulouse. His father was very active in the Resistance, where, among other activities, he managed newspapers. In fact, Bernard Maris was “moulded by his father in the philosophy of the Resistance” at a very young age. He would later say: “journalism and resistance are two words that go together, which quite suits me1 ”.
Bernard Maris attended the Pierre-de-Ferma Lycée, then the University of Toulouse-I where he obtained his doctorate in Economic Sciences in 1975, submitting the thesis “Personal Distribution of Income: A Theoretical Approach in a Framework of Balanced Growth.” In 1980, he left France to teach micro-economy at the University of Iowa College of Business (United States) where he was a visiting adjunct professor for a year.
Initially an assistant lecturer at the University of Toulouse-I, Bernard Maris then became a lecturer there in 1984.
In 1986 and in 1988, he made two trips to Peru where he was a professor of micro-economy at the Peru Central Bank.
Then, in 1994, he became a tenured university professor, having succeeded the aggregation competition (General Economic Science) at the Institut d'études politiques in Toulouse. In 1998, he joined the Institut d’études européennes of Université Paris VIII.
In 1995, the editorial board of the magazine Le Nouvel Économiste awarded him the title of “Best economist of the year.”
In 2011, he is appointed Member of the General Council of the Bank of France.
Parallel to his career as an economist and professor, he invested his energies in journalism, a profession he dreamed of in his youth. Whether in newspapers or magazines (Marianne, Le Nouvel Observateur, Les Échos, Le Monde, Le Figaro Magazine and Charlie Hebdo), radio (France Inter) or television (I-Télé, France 5), his goal was to demystify the economy. He played an important role at Charlie Hebdo where he was the assistant editorial director. In addition to this responsibility, he was also one of the publication’s minority shareholders. For many years, he had a programme on France Inter, where he debated first with Jean-Marc Sylvestre, then with Dominique Seux; he was a weekly guest on two radio programs entitled J'ai tout compris à l'économie and L'autre économie, and authored an online blog.
A tireless worker, he published numerous works, mainly essays, on the economy – often rather biting (see bibliography below). Passionate about literature, he published three novels: Pertinentes questions morales et sexuelles dans le Dakota du Nord (1995), L'Enfant qui voulait être muet (2003), and Le Journal (2005).
In 2010, he played the part of the economist in Film Socialisme by Jean-Luc Godard, who recently commented: “he was an honest man, and like most honest people, he trembled when acting.”
Let us not forget to mention that Bernard Maris participated in founding ATTAC and sat on the association’s scientific advisory committee. Finally, he stood as a Green Party candidate in the 2002 general elections.
1 Assen Slim, Comment je suis devenu Économiste, éd. Le Cavalier Bleu, 2007
Éléments de politique économique : l'expérience française de 1945 à 1984, 1985
Des économistes au-dessus de tout soupçon ou la grande mascarade des prédictions, 1990
Les Sept Péchés capitaux des universitaires, 1991
Jacques Delors, artiste et martyr, 1993
Parlant pognon mon petit, 1994
Ah Dieu ! que la guerre économique est jolie !, co-authored with Philippe Labarde, 1998
Keynes ou l'économiste citoyen, 1999
Lettre ouverte aux gourous de l'économie qui nous prennent pour des imbéciles, 1999
La Bourse ou la vie – La grande manipulation des petits actionnaires, co-authored with Philippe Labarde, 2000
Malheur aux vaincus : Ah, si les riches pouvaient rester entre riches, co-authored with Philippe Labarde, 2002
Antimanuel d'économie : Tome 1, les fourmis, 2003
Antimanuel d'économie : Tome 2, les cigales, 2006
Gouverner par la peur, with Leyla Dakhli, Roger Sue, Georges Vigarello, 2007
Petits principes de langue de bois économique, 2008
Capitalisme et pulsion de mort, co-authored with Gilles Dostaler, 2009
Marx, ô Marx, pourquoi m'as-tu abandonné ?, 2010
Plaidoyer (impossible) pour les socialistes, 2012
L’Homme dans la guerre : Maurice Genevoix face à Ernst Jünger, 2013
Houellebecq économiste, 2014
Et si on aimait la France, 2015
Pertinentes questions morales et sexuelles dans le Dakota du Nord, 1995
L'Enfant qui voulait être muet, 2003
Le Journal, 2005
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