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Re: critique

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Thu, 10 May 2012 07:09:15 -0400

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Very well put Alan.    It is high time that the Conference of Socialist 
Economists and Capital and Class moved away from academia and 
re-connected to the workers and allied social movements.   Actually 
putting itself at service to assist the movement.

Chris







-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Stewart <[log in to unmask]>
To: CAPITAL-AND-CLASS <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thu, 10 May 2012 11:02
Subject: Re: critique

Agree with you absolutely, Alan.

Paul

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 From: To complement the journal 'Capital and Class' (ISSN 0 309 8786) 
[[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Alan Freeman 
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Sent: 10 May 2012 01:39
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: critique

I think this depends on the answer to the question, who are 'we', 
exactly?

When 'we', the founders of Capital and Class, set it up, it was not
conceived of, and was not confined to, academics.

In fact, it was fairly explicit, as I recall it, that C&C rejected the
imposed division of the world into academics and non-academics.

Somewhere along the way, this changed. I'm not quite sure when, and even
less sure why. I am even less sure why 'non-academics' as the 
journalists
like to paint themselves, feel obliged to scapegoat someone they choose 
to
demonise as 'academics' in such a way as to exempt themselves from any 
duty
of scholarship (as if the record of journalist economists were any 
better)
nor why the 'academics' feel it necessary to defend themselves in the 
terms
in which they are attacked.

The real problem as I see it is a generalised failure of paid 
intellectuals,
whether they work for newspapers, universities, or for that matter, 
banks or
think-tanks, to respect basic criteria of the search for truth, where
matters of economic science are concerned. In this I don't see that the
journalists have done any better than anyone else, but I don't feel 
obliged
to make this point by defending some spurious record of the academics.

A



-----Original Message-----
From: To complement the journal 'Capital and Class' (ISSN 0 309 8786)
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Martin Upchurch
Sent: May-09-12 4:48 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: critique

So what can we do to respond to Aditya Chakrabortty? Do we need to write
more for the non-academic milieu, in newspapers, blogs etc? Or is it the
case that we should combine our academic activities with activism in the
political arena?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/may/07/academics-cant-answer-cr
iticism-analysis




Martin Upchurch
Professor of International Employment Relations Middlesex University
Business School The Burroughs Hendon London NW4 4BT

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