And you think I’m ornery? The Dahlem Report

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My rail­ing against the eco­nom­ics pro­fes­sion on this blog might give you the impres­sion that I’m a lone wolf, tak­ing on the eco­nom­ics pro­fes­sion single-handedly. I’m pleased to say that’s not the case; though the rebels are out­num­bered by the True Believ­ers in neo­clas­si­cal eco­nom­ics, there are many aca­d­e­mic econ­o­mists who are crit­i­cal of the eco­nomic orthodoxy.

Neoliberalism and economic breakdown

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Australia’s pre­vi­ous Lib­eral Party Prime Min­is­ter John Howard “came out swing­ing” last night in sup­port of the pol­icy agenda his gov­ern­ment shared with the pre­ced­ing Labor Party gov­ern­ment of Bob Hawke and Paul Keat­ing:  “neolib­er­al­ism” (for non-Australian read­ers, the Aus­tralian Lib­eral Party is closer to the US Repub­li­can Party or the UK’s Tories than the US vision of the word “Lib­eral”, while the Aus­tralian Labor Party is akin to the US Demo­c­ra­tic Party or the UK’s Labour Party).

USA Public Broadcasting Service FrontLine Special

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Front­line is run­ning a spe­cial on the finan­cial crisis:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/meltdown/

It should make inter­est­ing view­ing. It will be avail­able from 9pm New York time on Feb­ru­ary 17th–which I think means mid­day or there­abouts on the 20th, Syd­ney time.

Calendar now active

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I’ve recently added a Cal­en­dar wid­get to the blog–just below the login wid­get on the left hand side.

I will use it to main­tain a cal­en­dar of upcom­ing pub­lic events–and also con­fer­ences where I am speaking–as well as media cov­er­age, if I get enough notice of it. The wid­get is very well designed–days coloured red to indi­cate an activ­ity; hover over a high­lighted day to see a sum­mary; click on the date to get full details.