Crash! Boom! Pop! On Boom! Bust!

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The won­der­ful team of Erin Ade, Ed Har­ri­son and friends at Boom Bust did a fan­tas­tic item on the Crash! Boom! Pop! project. Check out the inter­view and the bril­liant graph­ics they put together to show­case Miguel Guerra’s artis­tic tal­ents. And then pop over to Kick­starter or Startjoin to help bring this project to life. The whole pro­gram is worth watch­ing, but the item on Crash! Boom! Pop! begins halfway through the show (14 min­utes & 50 sec­onds in).

If you want to get straight to the item, click on the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-AFmeP19mE#t=889

Support Crash! Boom! Pop! on Kickstarter & Startjoin

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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.

They’re run­ning a Kick­starter cam­paign now–starting on the 85th anniver­sary of Black Tues­day 1929.

About $7500 raised thus far for Standish-Minsky

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Rus­sell Stan­dish asked me to thank those who have donated to keep him avail­able for the Min­sky project: A total of about $7500 has been raised to date.

I have set up the pay­ments now so that they go straight to Russell’s Pay­Pal account. One user did ask about alter­na­tive pay­ment meth­ods; Russell’s com­ment was that bank fees make a direct bank account trans­fer only worth­while either for an Aus­tralian dona­tion, or for a very large sum from a non-Australian bank account.

I am con­tin­u­ing to explore other poten­tial fund­ing options–and there are a cou­ple of promis­ing leads. But until they come through, con­tin­u­ing sup­port from the com­mu­nity would be most welcome.

$1700 raised for Standish-Minsky so far

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Thanks to all those who have chipped in to help keep Rus­sell Stan­dish avail­able for cod­ing Min­sky. The prover­bial per­son with deep pock­ets hasn’t yet mate­ri­al­ized, but about 25 peo­ple with shal­lower ones but gen­er­ous souls have chipped in a total of just under $2000.

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I’ve now altered the Pay­pal link on my site so that the pay­ments go directly to Russell’s Pay­pal account.

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.

The prob­lem is that I may lose my pro­gram­mer by then to the vicis­si­tudes of hav­ing to earn a liv­ing. I have been the archi­tect of Min­sky, but Rus­sell Stan­dish has been the builder, and I was incred­i­bly lucky to secure his ser­vices when the project began 3 years ago.

The overdue Copernican Revolution in Economics

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This is the talk I gave at the first con­fer­ence of the Inter­na­tional Stu­dent Ini­tia­tive for Plu­ral­ism in Eco­nom­ics, held in the beau­ti­ful Ger­man town of Tue­bin­gen, Ger­many on Sep­tem­ber 19–21 2014.

I cover Min­sky, money, com­plex­ity, the role of debt in aggre­gate demand & aggre­gate sup­ply, and the eco­nomic cri­sis. I spoke too fast and cov­ered top­ics at too high a level for many of the under­grad­u­ate stu­dents in the audi­ence who are part of the rebel­lion against the dom­i­nance of eco­nom­ics tuition and research by Neo­clas­si­cal eco­nom­ics. I hope putting it up here gives those stu­dents and oth­ers a chance to “hit the pause but­ton” and go through my talk more slowly.

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.

Much Euro About Nothing

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You’ve just made your morn­ing cof­fee, and look up in hor­ror as you realise that the gas burner has set your kitchen ablaze. So you take deci­sive action: you pour your cof­fee on the floor.

Such is the real impact of the Euro­pean Cen­tral Bank’s lat­est attempt to revive the Euro­pean econ­omy, which cut rates a whop­ping 0.1 per cent (from 0.15 per cent to 0.05 per cent), and increased the neg­a­tive inter­est rate imposed on bank reserve deposits from a huge –0.1 per cent to a gar­gan­tuan –0.2 per cent.

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.

How To Un-Marry a Millionaire

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I’m read­ing and enjoy­ing some “chick-lit” at the moment–or as a reviewer on Ama­zon called it, “the per­fect blend of chick-lit and bitch-lit”–entitled “How To Un-Marry a Mil­lion­aire”.

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Per­sonal dis­clo­sure time: the book is the first novel by my good friend, script-writer and film pro­ducer Bil­lie Mor­ton. I’ve been mean­ing to read it for a while now, and it’s cur­rently sup­ply­ing wel­come relief from the tedium of read­ing ECB min­utes as I draft my next Busi­ness Spec­ta­tor column.