A professor of economics is going to extreme lengths to continue his job as an academic.
Steve Keen, who’s currently employed full time in Kingston University, is crowdfunding through the Patreon site to cover his salary since universities no longer provide the time and freedom they gave to first thinkers.
Keen is trying to raise $10,000 (8,232) a month in order to partially step away from his entire time duties in the college, so he can committed his time writing the third edition of his novel, Debunking Economics, as well as writing new papers on the use of energy in economics and producing videos on his that has over 10,000 subscribers.
“I have done everything till now with support from many colleagues, but without the support from official financing agencies,” he says.
“Almost all of the money for economics research extends to develop the mainstream, even when it’s neglected so abjectly. This will continue to be the situation.”
Since he was an undergraduate student, Keen has worked to develop “a different, realistic economics”. However he asserts universities have been “starved of research funding over the years, and buried under provincial controls”.
“They no longer provide the time and freedom they gave to first leaders such as me,” Keen complains. “It’s so bad now that the best method for me to have the time and resources to build a new economics would be to leave the University sector, and get supported directly by the public.”
People who contribute as little as $1 a month may get access to exclusive site articles, videos and podcasts. Since he began the effort, Keen obtained a pledge of $1,6087 a month from 177 patrons.