It is ironic that in my over 35 years of teaching economics, geography and some other subjects, in the U.S.,Canada, Europe, Puerto Rico, India and China, at all levels from high school to post-doctoral, I found the most freedom of thought and inquiry in China. I lectured sometimes for hours with no notes, and no one, even I, knew what I would say in advance, or how I would respond to questions, or what subjects would come up, but I was able to explore topics and perspectives that no professor at Harvard, or Yale or the Ivy Leage Clone factories that we sometimes venerate, for no reason except perhaps tradition and historical revisionism, which in reality is the “mainstream”, not the “fringe”, would dare touch.
Want an example? Here is one of the venerated professors of Columbia University who, along with T. R. drew his racial theories, and views of the world from exactly the same sources as the Nazis and the Thule Society and the American Eugenics Congress that inspired the Nazi “race hygiene laws”. There are statues of him all over the place.
Some Lectures in China
Neoclassical Economics and Neoliberalism as Neo-Imperialism: A Lecture at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
James Craven 教授 教学大纲
课程中文名称 新古典经济学批判 授课语言 英文
课程英文名称 Critiques of Neo-classical Economics
课内总学时数及其分配 32 讲课 15 开课学期 夏季
讨论 3 周学时数 6
实验 上课起止周 2008年5月
课外学时数 6 考核方式 考试 考查
Lectures 1-3: Introduction and Overview of Neoclassical Economics
Lectures 4-6: Metaphysics, Rhetoric and Internal Contradictions of NC Theory
Lectures 7-9: Marxist and Heterodox Critiques of NC Theory
Lectures 10-12: Neoclassical Theory as a Cornerstone of the Social Capital of Capitalism, Globalization and Imperialism
Lectures 13-14: The Dominance and Hegemony of NC Economics in Western
Lecture 15: Final Comments, Summing Up, Directions for Future Research/Investigation
Lecture and Discussion Classes will involve:
1. Class Lectures (Socratic Style of Teaching)
2. Handouts of Relevant Background Materials
3. PowerPoint Presentations of Key Concepts
4. Team Teaching with Dr. Cai Jiming
5. Discussion Classes for detailed exploration of issues presented in lectures
6. open debates of issues from diverse perspectives
Chinese to English translation
Academic economists, Tsinghua University Lecture
Western economic theory and economic crisis: the rise of political economy
Speaker: (U.S.) James M. Craven (Chinese name: Ke Ruiwen)
Speaker Profile: American Indian; tenured professor of economics and geography and political economy of the world; World Association for Political Economy Society member; academic journal Review of International Critical Thought Editorial Board member; has been invited to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, Yunnan University for academic lectures; worked outside the U.S. in the past 20 years in 6 languages at many universities for undergraduate, graduate students at all levels of political economy, international law and other disciplines.
Report Summary: With Western “mainstream ” economic theory, in terms of changes and challenges occurring, there is nothing really that new. With the Western economies undergoing structural changes and economic crises, challenges to mainstream economic theory are the inevitable outcome. Because of the failures to predict and interpret the current economic crisis, mainstream neoclassical economics is under siege and criticism in the Western world, resulting in the revival of political economy in teaching, research and applications.
Originating in the Western world, the current global economic crisis is of unprecedented scale and some of its new features, make the current crisis more comprehensive and a thorough critique of neo-classical economics and launching of the revival of political economy, more necessary and urgent than ever.
This presentation will explore the reasons for which mainstream economics could not and can not predict the current economic crisis and will explain important aspects of the vision of political economy and why the failure of mainstream economics is serious and more evident than ever.
Time: 2011-04-25 (Mon) 15:00-17:30
Location: Room 104, New Vegetarian
Organizers: Tsinghua University Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Economics
Humanities and Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, Political Economy Research Center
Socialism versus Capitalism: Who Will Win?他从另一个世界走来
James M. Craven
Member of Blackfoot Indian Nation（印第安黑脚国）
Some Lectures and Papers Presented in China:
http://myy.cass.cn/news/383725.htm (In Chinese)
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