Economics Students: Join Toxic Textbooks

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A new Face­book group ded­i­cated to reform­ing eco­nom­ics tuition has just been estab­lished by Edward Full­brook, the coor­di­na­tor of PAECON, the Post-Autistic ECO­nom­ics Network.

Called Toxic Text­books,  its aim is to sup­port and coor­di­nate stu­dent protest against neo­clas­si­cal eco­nom­ics at uni­ver­si­ties and schools around the world. Its man­i­festo is:

Talk at Politics in the Pub (Newcastle)

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I’ll be speak­ing on the finan­cial cri­sis at the monthly “Pol­i­tics in the Pub” meet­ing in New­cas­tle next week. It’s on Tues­day May 19 at 6pm at the Hamil­ton Sta­tion Hotel on the cor­ner of Fern and Beau­mont Streets Isling­ton (next door to Hamil­ton sta­tion on the Mait­land Road side of the rail­way line).

Debtwatch No 34: The Confidence Trick

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And, at this point, con­fi­dence is what it is all about… The first thing is to main­tain some con­fi­dence in our­selves and the prospects for our coun­try over time… Unfor­tu­nately, there is no lever marked ‘con­fi­dence’  that policy-makers can take hold of. Our task is very much one of seek­ing to behave, across the board, in ways that will fos­ter, rather than erode, con­fi­dence.  It is such con­fi­dence that, more than any­thing else, will help to drive us along the road to recov­ery.” (Glenn Stevens, April 21st 2009)

Launch of “Political Economy Now!”

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In May 1973, dis­sat­is­fac­tion over the teach­ing of eco­nom­ics at the Uni­ver­sity of Syd­ney went from a fes­ter­ing sore amongst the staff only to an out­right revolt by a minor­ity of the staff, and a major­ity of the stu­dents.  In 1975, a new Depart­ment of Polit­i­cal Econ­omy had its first intake into Eco­nom­ics I℗. Thirty four years later, it is still going. Pro­fes­sor Frank Stil­well, who has lived this dis­pute since 1970, is launch­ing Polit­i­cal Econ­omy Now!, a his­tory of the dis­pute, next Tues­day at Syd­ney University’s Fisher Library (May 5th, 5.30pm, Level 5).

Crunchtime”: Bringing together the best policy minds to discuss Australia’s future

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Title: “Crunchtime”: Bring­ing together the best pol­icy minds to dis­cuss Australia’s future
Loca­tion: Trades Hall Audi­to­rium, 4 Goul­burn St, Syd­ney NSW
Link out: Click here
Descrip­tion: The best pol­icy thinkers from Aus­tralia and abroad will come together for “Crunchtime” — Australia’s first pro­gres­sive think-tank conference.