Posts Tagged ‘miscellaneous’

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.

Grading days

Posted: 18 December 2015 in Uncategorized
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It’s that time in the semester. No posts then until I finish grading all the final exams and essays. . .

Travel days

Posted: 14 December 2015 in Uncategorized
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A few days of travel ahead. No posts then until I arrive. . .

Technical difficulties

Posted: 28 November 2015 in Uncategorized


A reader recently complained that the expansion option for the images in my posts disappeared.

Sorry about that. That option used to exist automatically whenever I posted an image. Now, it seems, I have to add it for each image I post—and I can only do so after the post has been published. Argh!

Anyway, I’ll try my best to remember to do it from now on.

Travel days

Posted: 25 November 2015 in Uncategorized
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Back on the road for a few days. No posts then until I return. . .

And here [ht: sk] is why we call the iconic bird that is native to North America a “turkey.”

Travel days

Posted: 20 November 2015 in Uncategorized
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I’ll be traveling for the next few days. No posts then until I return. . .