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Travel days

Posted: 8 June 2016 in Uncategorized
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I’m off for 12 days or so. No posts then (aside, perhaps, from daily cartoons) until I return. . .

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I’m honored to have been invited to deliver the 9th Annual E. L. Wheelwright Memorial Lecture at the University of Sydney in October.

The title of my lecture will be “Utopia and the Critique of Political Economy”:

In my 2016 E. L. Wheelwright Memorial Lecture paper, I want to present for discussion the thesis that Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels had a much more positive assessment and appreciation of “utopian socialism,” especially the work of Robert Owen, than we find in traditional, “scientific” interpretations of Marxism (emanating from both inside and outside the Marxian tradition).

I also intend to connect that debate over utopian socialism to the rich, long history of intentional communities in Australia, beginning with Herrnhut in 1853. Finally, I plan to argue that, while Marxian theory is not a utopianism (unlike, for example, neoclassical economics), it does have what I consider to be a “utopian moment,” which is based on the idea of ruthless criticism.

In my view, it is the twofold critique of political economy—the critique of capitalism and of mainstream economic theory—that needs to be recaptured and rethought, since it is particularly relevant to the debate about the causes and consequences of the crash of 2007-08 and the ongoing crises of capitalism in the world today.


Posted: 29 April 2016 in Uncategorized
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It’s time, I suppose, to upgrade this blog—from WordPress’s free version to the premium version (which I’m going to have to pay for).

The only reason I’m doing this is because I’ve run out of storage space. The premium version offers more space to store all the images, charts, and so on I publish with each and every post. (The alternative would be to eliminate the image files, which I’m unwilling to do.) It also allows me to upload videos.

For readers, the only real change you’ll see is the ads that often accompany posts will disappear (not that I ever got a dime for them—it all went to WordPress).

Now, I’m just hoping the transition goes smoothly and I don’t lose any of the existing content. . .

7000 and counting

Posted: 27 April 2016 in Uncategorized
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I just noticed that, according to WordPress (which keeps track of such things), I’ve published 7000 posts since I began this blog in mid-2009.

Hmmm. . .

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You don’t have to steal this book. I just found out Postmodern Moments in Modern Economics is now available both as a paperback and an ebook.

Annual report

Posted: 29 December 2015 in Uncategorized


Once again, WordPress has crunched the year-end numbers on my blog. Here’s what it reports:

This blog has been viewed 114,265 times thus far this year.

As it turns out, I wrote 861 new posts this year, growing the total archive of this blog to 6,696 posts.

Here are the posts that apparently got the most views in 2015:

1. It’s the class conflict, stupid! (

2. Chart of the day (

3. Falling down (

4. Capital (gains) vs. labor (income) (

5. Human capital controversy (

This blog had visitors from 173 different countries—mostly from the United States, followed by Germany and the United Kingdom.

All in a year’s work. . .


I also want to thank the folks at the Real-World Economics Review Blog for reposting some of the items that originally appear here, thus expanding the conversation.


The editor, Casey Harison, has informed us that A New Social Question: Capitalism, Socialism and Utopia has just been published.

A New Social Question: Capitalism, Socialism and Utopia brings together a selection of papers presented at the conference on “Capitalism and Socialism: Utopia, Globalization and Revolution” at New Harmony, Indiana, in 2014. New Harmony is best known as the site of industrialist Robert Owen’s experiment in communal living in 1825, and it was Owen’s legacy that drew scholars from across the Atlantic. Owen’s work and his experiment at New Harmony again have currency as the world looks back on the 2008 economic crisis and as “socialism,” seemingly banished with the failure of experiments in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union at the end of the last century has returned to the political and economic lexicon. As David Harvey, Thomas Piketty and Joyce Appleby have lately reminded us, capitalism, particularly the forms it has assumed since 1945, is probably exceptional, perhaps ephemeral, but also dynamic and resilient. If the Great Recession has derailed personal lives, destabilized economies and unnerved politicians, it has also reminded us that we have not reached the “end of history.” Where there was once a Social Question, there is now a New Social Question. This edited, multi-disciplinary volume will appeal to readers in political science, economics, history, sociology, anthropology, literature, communications and cultural studies, and to academic audiences in North America, Britain and elsewhere.

My own contribution, “Utopia and the Marxian Critique of Political Economy,” a revised version of the plenary talk I gave at the conference, is the concluding chapter.

For the record, the relationship between utopia and critique is also the topic of the book I’ll be working on next year.