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Andrew Torre has written Myths of Capitalism - A Guide for the 99%. The book critiques the long-promulgated capitalist belief system that has become the accepted wisdom in most of American society. The main tenets of this belief system – the sanctity of private property, the social benefits of profit, the elevation of the individual, capitalism’s compatibility with democracy, the underlying stability of the market, the virtues of competition, etc. – do not hold up under empirical data and a careful analysis of the actual workings of the system. In singling out and individually debunking these myths, the book is a comprehensive critique of capitalism itself. (September 12, 2014)

The Association for Social Economics invites submissions for the Warren Samuels Prize, awarded for the best paper in the tradition of social economics presented at the 2015 ASSA meetings. URPE presentations are eligible. See further details. (September 12, 2014)

A paperback version of David Laibman's Political Economy After Economics: Scientific Method and Radical Imagination has just been published. This re-incorporation of economics into political economy is one (small, but not insignificant) element in a larger project: to place all of the resources of present-day social scientific research at the service of increasing democracy, in an ultimate direction toward socialism in the classic sense. (July 31, 2014)

See Tim Koechlin's op-ed "Inequality and the Case for Unions," in Common Dreams. (July 31, 2014)

URPE's blog hub has several new posts including one by Matias Vernango on an article by Özgür Orhangazi in the RRPE, "Venezuelan Economic Policies after Chávez." (July 31, 2014)

URPE had six panels at the Left Forum, held in New York May 30-June 1. See one of them, "Prospects of the Global Crisis of Capitalism: Post Keynesianism vs. Marxism?" with David Brennan, David Laibman, Matías Vernengo and Julio Huato, on the URPE blog hub. (July 16, 2014)

Twelve URPE members are running for election to the editorial board of the Review of Radical Political Economics: John Willoughby, Arslan Rasmi, Shianne T. Osterreich, Andrew Mearman, Fadhel Kaboub, John J. Hisnanick, Don Goldstein, William M. Dugger, Firat Demir, Sara Cantillon, Ray Boddy, and Brigitte H. Bechtold. There are 10 editorial positions open. Please examine their brief election statements, which all members have received in the mail, and return your ballot to the RRPE office before September 1. (July 13, 2014)

Dollars and Sense has published the twenty-first edition of Real World Micro . (July 15, 2014)

Gerald Friedman has written Microeconomics: Individual Choice in Communities, published by Dollars and Sense. An alternative to standard introductory microeconomics texts, it lays out the "micro- foundations for an alternative economics, closer to the vision of the classical economists and others who saw economics as a social science," placing individual decision-making in the context of social norms and institutions. (July 11, 2014)

Angelo Fusari has written Methodological Misconceptions in the Social Sciences, published by Springer. "Mainstream economics employs two methodological procedures that are well-defined but inappropriate to social reality: the observational-experimental method of the natural sciences and the method of abstract rationality of the logical-formal sciences. Heterodox economics reacts to the mainstream hegemony by offering a galaxy of alternative proposals, more or less brilliant but disorganized and very partial indeed in terms of perspective, and this galaxy as a whole is for the most part devoid of either cooperation or even communication between its parts and, hence, is unable to benefit from pluralism in stimulating the cumulative growth of knowledge." (July 6, 2014)

URPE members are invited to review books for the Review of Radical Political Economics--there are many interesting books listed. Please take a look at the website, , and/or contact RRPE review editor David Barkin, (May 23, 2014).

Listen to Stephanie Kelton's podcast with Fred Lee talking about his contributions to heterodox economics (May 23, 2014). (Skip the distorted first 30 seconds.)

URPE's blog hub has several new posts including "Radical and Hetrodox Economics" by Matias Vernengo, the "Graph/Table of the week: Median Income Inequality by Race and Ethnicity," and "Piketty and Marx" by Julio Huato.

Wolfram Elsner, Torsten Heinrich, and Henning Schwardt have written The Microeconomics of Complex Economies: Evolutionary, Institutional, and Complexity Perspectives published by Elsevier (May 15, 2014).

Daniel E. Saros has written Information Technology and Socialist Construction: The End of Capital and the Transition to Socialism published by Routledge (May 15, 2014).

Christian Fuchs has written.Digital Labour and Karl Marx published by Routledge (May 15, 2014).

There has been considerable controversy surrounding a letter signed by over 6oo economists supporting an increase in the minimum wage, and attacks on this position, including signaling out Marxist economists as supporters in an ad published in the New York Times, by an industry funded “think tank,” the Employment Policies Institute. Two of the economists singled out, Julie Matthaei and Paul Zarembka, responded with a letter to the New York Times. (March 20, 2014)

Ismael Hossein-Zadeh has published Global War on the 99%: How International Financial Elites Change Governments to Implement Austerity (12 page pdf file). It has been republished in State of Nature and elsewhere. (March 19, 2014)

Cyrus Bina has published A Prelude to the Foundation of Political Economy: Oil, War, and Global Polity--The Economics of the Middle East and Oil: A Time Machine (Second Edition). (March 2, 2014)

Barbara Garson's Down the Up Escalator: How the 99 Percent Live in the Great Recession is now available in paperback. Also read her "Abracadabra: You're a Part-Timer" in the The Huffington Post. (March 2, 2014)

Cyrus Bina, together with Jamee K. Moudud and Patrick L. Mason, has edited Alternative Theories of Competition (March 2, 2014)

Christian Fuchs has published Social Media: A Critical Introduction by (January 23, 2014). See two sample chapters:
Twitter and Democracy: A New Public Sphere?

Ramaa Vasudevan has published Things Fall Apart: From the crash of 2008 to the long slump (January 23, 2014).

Cuban Economists on the Cuban Economy, edited by Al Campbell, has just been published by the University of Florida Press. (more) (December 11, 2013)

The second edition of Michale Zweig's The Working Class Majority: America's Best Kept Secret has been published by ILR Press, an imprint of Cornell University Press. (more) (December 11, 2013)

Julio Huato has posted ISLM: A further explanation and a defense on the URPE blog (December 11, 2013)

The Center for Study of Working Class Life is pleased to announce the How Class Works – 2014 Conference, to be held at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, June 5-7, 2014. Proposals for papers, presentations, and sessions are welcome until December 11, 2013. For more information, visit the Web site at Submitted by Michael Zweig, Director of the Center. (October 29, 2013).

Geoff Schneider of Bucknell University will be conducting an "Advanced Pedagogy and Course Design Workshop" at La Salle University in Philadelphia. This is scheduled for the day before the ASSA meetings, January 2, 2014. The workshop should be of value to teachers of all sorts, especially graduate students and newly hired faculty members. He offered this workshop in Chicago in 2012 and it was very well received. For more information, contact (October 17, 2013)

White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making, a book by Nicholas Carnes of Duke University has been published by the University of Chicago Press. (more) (October 20, 2013)

Hardhats, Hippies, and Hawks: The Vietnam Antiwar Movement as Myth and Memory, a book by Penny Lewis of the CUNY School of Professional Studies has been published by Cornell University Press. (more) (October 17, 2013)

Down the Up Escalator: How the 99 Percent Live in the Great Recession, a book by Barbara Garson has been published by Random House. (October 20, 2013)

Tim Koechlin of Vassar University has written an op ed The Wrong Deficit: Full employment requires more spending and more borrowing, not less appearing in the Huffington Post. (October 17, 2013)

David Gleicher of Adelphi University has recently posted The Corporation and Culture of Liquidation on his blog. (October 17, 2013)

Read Steve Keen’s three-part series in the Business Spectator on the self-destruction of neoclassical economic theory: Part 1 The self-cannibalisation of economics, July 8, 2013; Part 2 Economics with a bang and a whimper, July 9, 2013; Part 3 New rays of sunshine for a dismal, dwindling science, July 10, 2013. (August 21, 2013)

Read David Gleicher's blog post on modern monetary theory and the cost of govemment deficit spending on his blog. (August 21, 2013)

Part II of Fred Mosley's critique of the marginal productivity theory of distribution has been published in the Real World Economic Review: Part I can be seen at (August 21, 2013)

Michael Perelman's new book The Invisible Handcuffs of Capitalism: How Market Tyranny Stifles the Economy by Stunting Workers [Paperback] has been published by the Monthly Review Press. (August 21, 2013) (more)

Fatma Gül Ünal's new book Land Ownership, Inequality and Rural Factor Markets in Turkey: A Study for Critically Evaluating Market Friendly Reforms has beeen published by Macmillan. (August 21, 2013) (more)

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