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A bril­liant team of graphic artist Miguel Guerra, lay­out artist Suzy Dias, and writer Genevieve Tran have com­bined to pro­duce what I can describe as a “car­toon ver­sion of Debunk­ing Eco­nom­ics”. They plan to pro­duce up to six graphic nov­els around the theme of “M” (Money, Mayhem–the Finan­cial Crisis–Method, Macro and Micro), to use visual media to take the mickey out of eco­nom­ics for those who don’t want to wade through a 500 page book.

Assistance for Minsky required

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To any­one out there with deep pockets–or to lots of peo­ple with shal­lower ones–I need finan­cial assis­tance for the Min­sky pro­gram. I have been wait­ing for fund­ing from a source that I’ll reveal once it finally comes through, but it has now been delayed for over six months from when it was first mooted to arrive. If I am lucky, it will come through in January–another 4 months away.

Making sense of Scotland the Brazen

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Scot­land voted 55:45 to remain in the UK, but the very fact that the vote was even close was a seri­ous shock to the polit­i­cal estab­lish­ment in Europe. UK Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron had orig­i­nally allowed only a Yes or No vote on full inde­pen­dence in the ref­er­en­dum, rather than a three-option poll includ­ing the “Maybe” of a greater devo­lu­tion of power from White­hall to Edin­burgh, in the belief that the No vote would be so resound­ing that it would ter­mi­nate the inde­pen­dence move­ment per­ma­nently. The Maybe, he believed, might well have got across the line, when in gen­eral he and the Tories didn’t want to cede any power north of Hadrian’s Wall.

Forthcoming Talks

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I have a ridicu­lously large num­ber of pub­lic talks com­ing up this month. It all starts on Wednes­day Sep­tem­ber 10th, and doesn’t let up until Sun­day Sep­tem­ber 21st—the day before Induc­tion Week begins at Kingston Uni­ver­sity, where I am now Head of Eco­nom­ics, Pol­i­tics and His­tory, and com­mit­ted to mak­ing Kingston the world’s lead­ing cen­tre for plu­ral­ist edu­ca­tion and research in eco­nom­ics. Check the links below if you’re able to make any of these talks in, in order: Sheffield; New York; Glas­gow; Kingston; and Tub­in­gen, Ger­many. I’ll cover talks in Octo­ber in a sub­se­quent post.

Short term lecturer position at Kingston University

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Please cir­cu­late widely – the dead­line for appli­ca­tions is 22 Sep­tem­ber! A short term lec­tur­ing posi­tion has just been adver­tised at Kingston Uni­ver­sity, where I am now Head of Eco­nom­ics, Pol­i­tics and His­tory. This is a fixed-term post to 30 June 2015. Though the period is brief, it is an oppor­tu­nity to work in our very heterodox-friendly department.