1,000,000!

Posted: 30 March 2017 in Uncategorized
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Apparently, there are lots of folks out there who also, every morning, wake up on the wrong side of capitalism.

That’s the only explanation I have for the fact that, as of yesterday, this blog reached an extraordinary milestone: it has received more than one million views.

I really don’t know what else to make of the number. I started this blog (at the suggestion of a couple of former students) back in 2009. I still call it “occasional” but, as regular readers know, it’s anything but. But I don’t have a particularly good handle on why so many people from so many “countries” (212, both official countries and territories, according to WordPress) have found their way to this blog.

I do get the occasional message from readers about how they or someone they’ve met find the information and analysis useful. That couldn’t please me more—to know that what I write here travels and serves a wide variety of people who are attempting, as that hoary German philosopher once wrote, to both interpret and change the world.

So, yes, the large number of views does seem to indicate that there are many people out there—students, professors, activists, and others—who are dissatisfied with business as usual, both with the uneven recovery from the latest crises of capitalism and with the blithe assertions by economic and political elites (and those who represent their interests in the academy and media) that there are no alternatives.

We, on the other hand, are guided by the idea that something is seriously wrong with contemporary economic and social institutions—and other worlds are indeed possible.

The readership as it turns out is even wider, as many of the posts that originally appear here are reposted on the Real-World Economics Review blogDemocracy at Work, Progress in Political Economy, and perhaps elsewhere. I want to thank all of them for their continued encouragement and support.

In all honesty, the major satisfaction I derive from this blog stems from the new kinds of research and writing it has allowed me to do—mostly concerning on-going events and commentary by others about what is going on in the world, especially (but not only) with respect to the economy and contemporary economists. My goal throughout has been to carry out (or at least point toward) a “ruthless criticism of everything existing,” a project to which many others around the world are also currently contributing.

For my part, I can’t say I’ve settled on the best way to conduct that critique and present it to readers. That’s why I’m always open to feedback and suggestions—about both topics and ways I can make this work more useful.

What I can say is I derive a great of pleasure from working on a daily basis on this blog (even if there were no readers)—and even more from the fact that so many people in the United States and around the world find it worthwhile to find the time to visit the blog and read what I write.

Perhaps someday we’ll all wake up from this nightmare, on the right side of capitalism—as it becomes a distant memory.

Comments
  1. Jonathan Mark Hoskins says:

    David, congratulations on the achievement. A milestone. I also came to your blog by accident I was doing some research on Marx’s Trinity Formula and have never looked back. This is the first thing I read in the morning. It gets me thinking.

  2. Blair Sandler says:

    Nice post, David. Congratulations on the effectiveness of your work.

    Blair

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  3. George DeMartino says:

    Amazing achievement, David. Thanks for all your extraordinary and hard work!

  4. Magpie says:

    Congratulations, Prof. Ruccio. And keep it up.

    You always point to something interesting or instructive (thanks also for the Twitter feed) and the cartoons of the day make may day.

  5. Mwangi says:

    Congratulations David. This has been a place of both inspiration and solace
    Mwangi

  6. Congratulations David!

  7. Ceren says:

    Congratulations dear David. I have benefited a lot from your blog. Thank you!

  8. Von Allan says:

    Congrats, sir! I don’t tend to read it daily; instead, I tend to visit every few days (yay RSS feeds) and read in small bunches. I learn a lot. And I’m always deeply grateful to both you and Richard Wolff for changing the way I think about the economy, workers, and politics.

  9. Many congrats and especially thanks, David!

  10. David F. Ruccio says:

    Thanks, all, for your kind words and good wishes. I’d write even without readers—but I do it, with even more commitment and enthusiasm, knowing you find it of some interest.

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