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Follow-up to The Rana Foroohar Phenomenon

This comment from our Robert Locke was posted a few minutes ago.

Edward and colleagues, if you want to know why Rana Foroohar subscribed to the rwer and took a lot of interest in our group, read the following email exchange between me and her:

“On May 17, 2016, at 5:19 PM, Robert Locke wrote:

Touching bases. Some time ago we corresponded about the state of economics. Do you remember? I think I advised you then to make sure that you look at the dissident economists, like those writing for the Real World Economic Review, and not just at orthodox economists, and I am pleased to see from your book, that you responded to this old professor’s advice. Hurrah!

Robert Locke

Foroohar, Rana – Time U.S.
6:59 AM (3 hours ago)

to me

I certainly did! And in fact you are mentioned in the love notes (aka acknowledgements) and footnotes. You were a key part of the birth of this book, which had already reached number 17 on the amazon kist after day one. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and I hope we get to meet in person at some point! Best R

  1. blocke the
    May 18, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    My exchange with Rana played out over several months, during which I sent extended comments about our work . What I liked about the exchange was her willingness to listen to views that were outside orthodoxy, so I did my best to supply them.

  2. blocke the
    May 19, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Rana Foroohar Phenomenon

    The Rana Foroohar Phenomenon offers a way for economics to break out of the impasse in which it finds itself. That impasse we all recognize as the inability of economics to make progress as a discipline because it is under the control of a stubborn elite that refuses to discuss the shortcoming of neoclassical economic, thereby, blocking the way to reform that is essential to solving the social crises currently confronting American society.
    The RF phenomenon amounts to a use of media, in this case Rana’s book, Makers and Takers, and her presence on Time and television, to break academic resistance to reform. The success depends not only on swaying public opinion in general to confront and break the hold of the neoclassical economics establishing over the discipline, but in convincing those within the university community (presidents, vice-presidents, deans, and departmental chairs) who shape curricula to put pressure on obstinate economists in their citadels to reform research and teaching in economics in community responsible ways that media proselytizing, i. e., Makers and Takers, advocate.

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