For the record – my Reply to UVM’s Opposition to my Motion to Reconsider (and Recuse)

The Vermont Labor Relations Board (VLRB) denied my Motion to Reconsider their decision following revelations that the VLRB chair is in an ethically conflicted relationship with UVM, or gives the impression to any reasonable person that financial, professional, personal and prejudicial factors pose or appear to pose a potential for conflict of interest. The VLRB…Continue reading For the record – my Reply to UVM’s Opposition to my Motion to Reconsider (and Recuse)

Help me get a fair hearing of my grievance for wrongful denial of my right to teach in the UVM’s economics department

“John is a huge asset to UVM…exceptional, approachable, fair and challenging…students enjoy his teaching.” —  Associate Dean Patricia Corcoran, Director of UVM’s Student Affairs Division. The above words were taken from a letter written by Dean Corcoran in support of my reappointment as lecturer in the University of Vermont’s Department of Economics, where I successfully…Continue reading Help me get a fair hearing of my grievance for wrongful denial of my right to teach in the UVM’s economics department

Getting out of Plato’s Cave with a dose of sociology of the economics profession

Everybody loves a little gossip, especially when it turns out to be true and reveals how reality is not what it appears to be (viz., exposing deceptions). That is why my favorite approach to inspiring students about economics was first and foremost sociological — informing students about how economics as a profession has constituted itself…Continue reading Getting out of Plato’s Cave with a dose of sociology of the economics profession

Debunking the Chair’s “error” claim (an infidel defends his use of quotation marks around the word “equilibrium”)

Balancing on my Hobie “Peter Pan Slug” long board as sets of ocean waves  passed under me at Narragansett Beach in Rhode Island last week, my thoughts naturally turned to the idea of equilibrium — equilibrium with Nature. There I was — balancing while sitting on my surf board, balancing while paddling to catch waves,…Continue reading Debunking the Chair’s “error” claim (an infidel defends his use of quotation marks around the word “equilibrium”)

New institutionalism — fairytales passing as economic science?

The late Cambridge economist, Joan Robinson, once made the sociologically astute comment: “The purpose of studying economics is not to acquire a set of ready-made answers to economic questions, but to learn how to avoid being deceived by economists.”  I used to share this with all my students and have a discussion about it as…Continue reading New institutionalism — fairytales passing as economic science?

Let’s get rid of business schools — and their ideological influence over thought in economics departments

I was thrilled to learn of this new book by Martin Parker about business schools and what is wrong with management education (of course, thinking immediately of Grossman School of Business and its unabashed promotion of unfettered capitalism with links to UVM’s Dept of Economics). As I read the passage below from a review of Parker’s book…Continue reading Let’s get rid of business schools — and their ideological influence over thought in economics departments

My paper about being railroaded out of teaching by UVM’s Dept of Economics to be presented at international conference.

I’ve received official acceptance from the International Society for Ecological Economics of my paper about being removed from teaching at the University of Vermont under very questionable circumstances (and hostility to ecological models being presented to students). As I have written, myself and many others believe this was a purge by a gang of arrogant…Continue reading My paper about being railroaded out of teaching by UVM’s Dept of Economics to be presented at international conference.

VLRB fudge factory goes into production again – with inconvenient facts about its Chair’s cozy relationship with UVM conveniently omitted.

Below is my Reply to UVM’s Opposition to my Motion to Reconsider their grievance decision.  I argue for the recusal of the Chair, Mr. Richard W. Park, due to the appearance of conflict of interest and bias. Not only did Mr. Clark and other VLRB panel members deny the motion, they glaringly selectively summarized my…Continue reading VLRB fudge factory goes into production again – with inconvenient facts about its Chair’s cozy relationship with UVM conveniently omitted.

Undisclosed potential conflicts of interest of Vermont Labor Relations Board Chair revealed. Grounds for mistrial?

Today it was brought to my attention by New York-based investigative journalist, Mark Cook, that the chair of the Vermont Labor Relations Board (VLRB) had failed to publicly disclose to the Executive Director of the VLRB that he is a trustee and the corporate secretary of Delta Dental of Vermont (DDV). In a phone call…Continue reading Undisclosed potential conflicts of interest of Vermont Labor Relations Board Chair revealed. Grounds for mistrial?