[OPE-L:6611] Enabling heterodoxy

From: P.J.Wells@open.ac.uk
Date: Mon Feb 18 2002 - 05:18:28 EST

I know little and care less about the specific details of the Kliman/RRPE
falling-out, but I'd commend to list members the sentiments of Poirot in the
attached exchange from PKT.

As he says, if the result of the dispute is ensure that RRPE (and other left
journals) take care to avoid the trap of becoming competing minor
orthodoxies, then Andrew's determination to fight his corner has indeed done
heterodox economics a favour.



Subject:   RE: Dear Supporters
Date:  Wed, 13 Feb 2002 09:02:34 -0500
From:  Clifford Poirot <cpoirot@shawnee.edu>
To:  "'pkt@csf.colorado.edu'" <pkt@csf.colorado.edu>,


My opinion is that you have done all heterodox economists a favor.
There is little point to heterodoxy if it simply becomes a set of
competing rigid orthodoxies without real power in the profession,
but with power to enforce conformity on dissenting heterodoxers.

Best wishes.

Subject:   RE: Dear Supporters
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 11:33:59 -0500
From:  mongiovg@stjohns.edu (Mongiovi Gary)
Organization:  SJU
To: 'Clifford Poirot' <cpoirot@shawnee.edu>,
"'pkt@csf.colorado.edu'" <pkt@csf.colorado.edu>,
"akliman@pace.edu" <akliman@pace.edu>

May I ask Clifford to tell us what direct knowledge he has, other
than what he has been told by Andrew Kliman and his friends,
of the circumstances discussed in Andrew's post?  In particular,
I would be interested to know what evidence underlies his belief
that URPE tried "to enforce conformity on dissenting
heterodoxers."  These are serious charges and they ought
not to be seconded on the basis of hearsay.

I loom forwrad to your reply.



Subject: RE: Dear Supporters
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 11:57:05 -0500
From:  Clifford Poirot <cpoirot@shawnee.edu>
To: "'mongiovg@stjohns.edu'" <mongiovg@stjohns.edu>,
Clifford Poirot <cpoirot@shawnee.edu>,
"'pkt@csf.colorado.edu'" <pkt@csf.colorado.edu>,

I have not seconded anything. I said Andrew had done us
all a favor. He prevailed through a legal process.  Perhaps
there is another side to this story. I do however,
personally know Andrew to be truthful. By fighting for
a principle Andrew has created a degree of openness.

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