Freez­ing site/Moving to Patreon & Prof­steve­keen

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I’m freez­ing this site and mov­ing to both Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/ProfSteveKeen) and a new web­site http://www.profstevekeen.com/. There are sev­eral rea­sons:

  • This site’s signup secu­rity failed, and some­thing like 50,000 bot-users have signed up. 
    • It’s just too cum­ber­some in Word­Press to delete them selec­tively from here, so it’s eas­ier to move to a new, clean site;
  • I used to be very active in dis­cus­sions here, but the demands on my time became so exces­sive over time that I have vir­tu­ally stopped par­tic­i­pat­ing;
  • I am going to retire from Kingston Uni­ver­sity next year (prob­a­bly in July), and if I am to con­tinue being a pub­lic intel­lec­tual and resid­ing in Lon­don (which, what­ever its other faults, is the best place in the world from which to be a pub­lic intel­lec­tual), then I have to gen­er­ate an income that will replace my aca­d­e­mic salary. Patreon enables me to do that; this site does not. 
    • UK tax rules pre­vent me liv­ing here and access­ing my Aus­tralian super­an­nu­a­tion pen­sion, and my pen­sion income from the UK will be roughly £100 a month, which is a bit shy of the cost of liv­ing in Lon­don

The site will con­tinue to exist (and a sup­porter David Cur­wen has recently fixed up many of the prob­lems that arose from an ISP crash some years ago, so my old UWS lec­tures are acces­si­ble now), but I will only occa­sion­ally post here, and I won’t engage in dis­cus­sion here. I will only do so on Patreon.

I am not sure how I’ll cope with the bot-prob­lem. Word­Press isn’t help­ful here, and the eas­i­est method may be sim­ply to delete all users. I’ll make a deci­sion on that shortly; this bot prob­lem was why the site crashed recently, and it took my new Prof­Steve­Keen site with it. I’ll regret doing that, but I may have no choice but to do so if I want the site to per­form at a rea­son­able speed.

 

About Steve Keen

I am Professor of Economics and Head of Economics, History and Politics at Kingston University London, and a long time critic of conventional economic thought. As well as attacking mainstream thought in Debunking Economics, I am also developing an alternative dynamic approach to economic modelling. The key issue I am tackling here is the prospect for a debt-deflation on the back of the enormous private debts accumulated globally, and our very low rate of inflation.
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