Posts Tagged ‘blogs’


I want to congratulate Adam Morton and the folks in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney for the success of their Progress in Political Economy blog.

And I’m flattered that the post on my “Utopia and the Critique of Political Economy” lecture is included in the Top 10 for 2016.

Blogging the crisis

Posted: 4 April 2012 in Uncategorized
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Posted: 14 November 2011 in Uncategorized
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Back when I was in graduate school, when Paul Samuelson’s Economics was the leading textbook in introductory economics, I discovered Marc Linder’s Anti-Samuelson, a two-volume critique of Samuelson’s text.

Now, Greg Mankiw is the center of attention, because his Principles of Economics appears to be one of the leading textbooks in introductory economics and his blog, although widely read, does not include any comments.

As a result, Daniel MacDonald and others have initiated Anti-Mankiw, a blog in which they reply, post by post, to the material Mankiw posts on his blog.

given that Mankiw’s course, textbook, blog, and ideology are at odds with the actual workings of social and economic life, and even help to perpetuate our societal and economic problems through producing this image of the individual as completely oriented toward market values and ideas, it’s probably time to expand the economic conversation towards more pluralism and away from hegemonic, ideologue set-in-stone “principles”. Indeed, this is why this blog is Anti Mankiw.

Other critical approaches to introductory economics include the Economics Anti-Textbook blog and a new edition of Stephen Resnick and Richard Wolff’s Economics: Marxian versus Neoclassical, which is forthcoming from MIT Press.

I think I’ve solved the mystery of ads appearing on some of my blog posts.

Apparently, it’s official WordPress policy.

At, we sometimes display discreet AdSense advertisements on your blog to help pay the bills. This keeps free features free!

The ad code tries very hard to not intrude or show ads to logged-in readers, which means only a very small percentage of your page views will actually contain ads.

WordPress gets the ad revenue, not me.

I also learned that, to eliminate ads on my blog entirely, I can purchase something called the No-Ads Upgrade. I don’t plan to do that.

I probably should have known there was a catch somewhere. . .

Not one red cent

Posted: 22 August 2011 in Uncategorized
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I don’t make any money on this blog. Not one red cent.

I raise the issue because I received the following message from a reader:

I was shocked to find out that there is advertising on your blog:

If you scroll past the end of the post, there is a little advertisement – the one I got was for iPads and dermatologists.

I hope the ad is not intentional on your part, since I’d hate to think a Marxist were profiteering off his own Marxist blog.

I actually don’t know what they’re referring to. There are no ads on the blog itself. Perhaps, when email announcements go out, WordPress includes advertisements. (I’ll have to check on this by signing up for the announcement, which I don’t currently receive.)

But I should explain I’m not against the idea in principle. I teach Marxism at a university that certainly makes a bundle of money selling capitalist commodities on and off campus—and pays me a salary. I edited a Marxist journal, which was produced by a capitalist publishing house—from which I never received any recompense, either from the publisher or from my university. The same with many of the books I’ve published.

And now I have a blog, and WordPress does all the heavy lifting in terms of software and server capacity. And I don’t have to pay a cent to host my blog with them. I will admit, I haven’t sought any advertising and doubt I ever will. I suspect WordPress makes its money by including advertisements with email announcements (but, as I say, I’ll have to do some additional research). And, at least right now, I’m quite willing to allow them to advertise to subscribers as long as they allow me to continue this blog.

Still, now that the stock market crash has eaten up a large chunk of my retirement funds, I wouldn’t mind making a few more red cents. . .


I’ve received messages from a few regular readers and subscribers who report they’ve never seen any ads, on the blog or on the email announcements of blog posts. The mystery of the phantom ad continues. . .

As I said, I don’t make any money on this blog. What about the company that owns WordPress and allows us to use it for free? Here is the answer.

I signed up for email announcements from my own blog (and, as soon as I’m done here, I’m going to unsubscribe). No ads appeared in the email message. My guess: the respondent I quote above probably received an ad from their email host and not from WordPress. That would appear to solve the mystery. But it leaves me still not making a red cent from this blog.

Rich advice for writers

Posted: 15 March 2011 in Uncategorized
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In his farewell column, Frank Rich, one of the most important political-cultural critics in the United States today, provides some useful words of warning for columnists and bloggers, myself included.

after 17 years I didn’t like what the relentless production of a newspaper column was doing to my writing. That routine can push you to have stronger opinions than you actually have, or contrived opinions about subjects you may not care deeply about, or to run roughshod over nuance to reach an unambiguous conclusion. Believe it or not, an opinion writer can sometimes get sick of his own voice.

I found myself hungering to write with more reflection, at greater length at times, in a wider and perhaps experimental variety of forms (whether in print or online), and without feeling at the mercy of the often hysterical exigencies of the 24/7 modern news cycle.

That’s the reason I, for one, will never give up my other forms of research and writing.

Where’s Thoma?

Posted: 8 March 2011 in Uncategorized
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Where’s Mark Thoma?

Time has published its list of the 25 Best Financial Blogs, with all the usual suspects (from Krugman to the Busines Insider). But Mark Thoma’s blog is nowhere to be found.

Now, I’ve had my differences with Thoma (e.g., here and here) but I also know I couldn’t do a good portion of this blog without the links and commentary he includes on a daily basis on the Economist’s View.