Liberation for Heteconomist

Other than under exceptional circumstances*, I have decided to refrain in future from including links to websites that charge for online access. Considering my core 2013 new year’s resolutions were “If it’s not free, I don’t want it” and “If it pays, I won’t do it”, this should have been my stance months ago. This rule will be applied not only to online newspapers but also academic journals and other websites. As time permits, I will remove old links to pay sites and replace them, if necessary for clarity, with the title of the article or post. I am aware that there are currently ways to get around many of these fees, but I choose to be “inconsolable” on this issue. Information wants to be free.

* Update, 5 October 2013: It took a little under seven months to violate this rule, initially intended as ironclad, so the weasel words “Other than under exceptional circumstances” have been added. “We try to be principled but it’s just not humanly possible,” he said, avoiding their gaze.

7 thoughts on “Liberation for Heteconomist

  1. Funny you should say that.

    I was thinking of getting a pdf of Sawyer’s ‘The Economics of Michal Kalecki’ 50 dollar from JSTOR then they added 10 dollar tax and for some reason I thought ‘Maybe not’. I know this is a book (pdf book) and I’m still half tempted.

    I’ve read the first couple of chapters and it looks like good stuff.

    Should I ?

  2. Well, far be it from me to dish out advice to others, but if you were tempted, there does appear to be a book loophole you could exploit. :)

    Certainly a tempting topic …

    Personally, I think $10 is steep for a pdf or e-book, but my shoestrings are rather short. Others’ perspectives may differ.

    I will add that the wording of one of those core resolutions mentioned in the post provides more leeway. than the other.

    “If it’s not free, I don’t want it” intentionally allows for the possibility that sometimes there will be no way around needing to have it, even if it is not wanted. This may well apply in the case of a book on Kalecki, though only you can know for sure.

    In contrast, “If it pays, I won’t do it” leaves less room for maneuver. If anyone attempting to follow these resolutions winds up homeless, this second one will be their downfall!

  3. As this post is listed under “other stuff”, I guess I can comment on the new pope.

    Here they have, at a glance, what Monsignor Beroglio allegedly believes in:
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-14/new-pope-announced/4569070

    It doesn’t sound bad, compared to Benedict XVI. And it is here where we need to remember the “half full/half empty” thing and rejoice: it could have been much worse.

    It could have been Monsignor George Pell. Now, that’s frightening.

  4. I don’t know about Sawyer’s book, but the more recent Kalecki biography in Palgrave’s Great Thinkers in Economics series by L√≥pez and Assous is easy to find in a free pdf with a quick Google search. I think it’s the first Kalecki bio since his collected works have been published, so they had a lot more material to work with than previous ones. Also easy to find for free is Kalecki’s Economics Today, edited by Sadowski and Szeworski.

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