Posts Tagged ‘miscellaneous’

Travel days

Posted: 13 January 2017 in Uncategorized
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I’ll be traveling for the next 3 days or so. No posts then until I arrive. . .

RIP in 2016

Posted: 5 January 2017 in Uncategorized
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“Don’t waste any time mourning. Organize!” was Joe Hill’s advice to “Big Bill” Haywood in one of the last telegrams he sent before being executed in 1915.

But that doesn’t mean we should fail to mark notable deaths in 2016. Here are some of the ones I noted on the blog:

Paul Kantner

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Gato Barbieri

Merle Haggard

Daniel Berrigan

Rudy Van Gelder

Fred Hellerman

Speaking of Joe Hill, here are two songs—one from a famous singer who’s no longer with us, and one from someone who fortunately still is. . .

Cartoons of 2016

Posted: 5 January 2017 in Uncategorized
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From what I hear, many regular readers have come to expect their cartoon(s) of the day.

The amazing thing is, I never run out (although, truth be told, I sometimes have to work a bit harder to find cartoons that have not already appeared on this blog). That’s because there are many amazing cartoonists out there, and because events that are tailor-made for cartooning just keep happening.

In any case, here’s a small sample of the cartoons that appeared on this blog during 2016.

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Charts of the year

Posted: 4 January 2017 in Uncategorized
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As regular readers of this blog know, I try to make available and critically interpret charts of data—both to challenge others’ arguments and to provide a foundation for my own.

Last year, I spent much more time using publicly available data to make my own charts, which readers are free to use for their own purposes.

Here are some of those charts (just click on each chart to go to the post in which it originally appeared).

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Last year, as I reported the other day, I published over 800 new posts.

I’ve never done this before. However, I decided to look back over the year and choose one post for each month of 2016:

January—Liberal ideology

February—Who are the capitalists?

March—Yea, they’re angry!

April—Life among the liberal econ

May—Letting capitalism off the hook

June—Globalization, inequality, and imperialism

July—Trump and the Prosperity Gospel

August—The Mandibles and dystopian finance fiction

September—What about the white working-class?

October—Nobel economics—or why does capital hire labor?

November—Condition of the working-class in the United States

December—China syndrome

Enjoy!

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For some reason, WordPress didn’t crunch the numbers this year. So, just out of curiosity, I did.

As it turns out, this blog was viewed 110,887 times last year—by visitors from 184 different countries, with the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, and Australia leading the list.

I wrote 860 new posts in 2016 (495 without the daily cartoons), growing the total archive of this blog to 7,571 posts.

As regular readers know, most of what I write on this blog are responses to ideas and items that appear in the daily media. However, as promised, I did work on a few longer series last year—on the numbers concerning inequality in the United States (in four parts: here, here, here, and here), the political economy of the U.S. healthcare system (in seven parts: here, here, here, here, here, here, and here), and the class dimensions of Trumponomics (in four parts: here, here, here, and here).

According to the numbers, most visitors tend to go to the home page. Here are the individual posts (some from 2016, others from previous years) that received the most views last year:

Hillbilly Elegy

Does Wall Street do anything useful?

Capital (gains) vs. labor (income)

Socialism is obvious

Radicals versus liberals

“The university system has gone the way of Walmart”

Only in America

Neoclassical economists and the minimum wage

Mapping the emerging post-capitalist paradigm and its main thinkers

Neoliberalism—ideas AND political project

I finally decided to inaugurate a Twitter account, which includes items posted on the blog as well as many other things.

I want to thank the folks at the Real-World Economics Review Blog, Progress in Political Economy, and Democracy at Work for reposting some of the items that originally appeared here, thus expanding the conversation.

I especially want to thank the readers—Wordpress and email followers, as well as regular and infrequent visitors—who, my hope is, find the occasional useful bits in what I link to and comment on. . .

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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.