The new astrology? Where most Econ departments are headed.

While this piece hardly goes far enough in terms of the sociology of economics, particularly the rise in the late 19th century of Marginalism (arguably as a counterweight to Marxism, partially explaining its easy acceptance among elites), there is no question that this very interesting critique of modern economics by Alan Jay Levinovitz goes a…Continue reading The new astrology? Where most Econ departments are headed.

Not so fond memories of UVM’s Dept of Economics

As I await my grievance hearing before the Vermont Labor Relations Board for wrongful denial of reappointment by UVM’s Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, I have had some time to reflect on my eight years teaching at UVM’s Dept of Economics, and questioning why we tolerate so much in the workplace that just…Continue reading Not so fond memories of UVM’s Dept of Economics

If they cannot kick out Marxian economists, then try burying them with ‘vibrant’ economists and a wad of cash from Koch

If they cannot kick you out for teaching Marxian economics, then there is always the bury them approach. Get some Koch money, build a new institute and hire half a dozen economists teaching a ‘vibrant suite’ of economics that works for Wall Street. I have got to get out to the University of Utah and…Continue reading If they cannot kick out Marxian economists, then try burying them with ‘vibrant’ economists and a wad of cash from Koch

UVM flacks for Wall Street by pushing “free market” economics

I came across an interesting article recently that was written for the Stowe Reporter by a former UVM student who laments the “calcification” of economic education as embodied in the economics core curriculum at UVM and in most colleges and universities. The points made in the opinion piece reminded me of arguments I make in…Continue reading UVM flacks for Wall Street by pushing “free market” economics

UVM Provost grievance “review” committee sweeps “smoking-gun” email and other evidence under the rug

Reading the report released by the Provost-level grievance review committee (containing one member picked by the Provost) is a lesson in feckless union support (the committee had a union representative) and the near uselessness of the entire grievance process due to the extremely narrow focus on procedural matters and deference to the administration’s side (hardly…Continue reading UVM Provost grievance “review” committee sweeps “smoking-gun” email and other evidence under the rug

UVM has lawyered-up: Over 40 fully redacted emails released related to my purge from the Dept. of Economics

My VT public records request has produced several smoking gun emails showing the Dept of Economics, led by its Chair, bent on not letting me continue teaching because I am not teaching “good economics” I love this slip in a moment of insecurity by the Chair to justify why the worst rated teachers in the…Continue reading UVM has lawyered-up: Over 40 fully redacted emails released related to my purge from the Dept. of Economics

“Monte Verde University 2045” is now! (viz., UVM on the corporate dole)

It is refreshing to see some biting satire of higher education being presented by United Academics in a “staged reading and discussion of  cautionary comic tale about the future of the corporate university,” suggesting how how “we can stop UVM from becoming Monte Verde U”.  But 2045? Well, how about 2017! Wall Street fingerprints are…Continue reading “Monte Verde University 2045” is now! (viz., UVM on the corporate dole)

The “Philosophy Four” and other 1970s purge victims at UVM

Here is an entry from the Will Miller tribute page by UVM Professor Garrison Nelson. Here we see there were consequences for supporting the fight back against the purge of Michael Parenti in the 1970s. One of those purged was Harvey Salgo, then a member of the Department of Economics at UVM. In fact, he…Continue reading The “Philosophy Four” and other 1970s purge victims at UVM