[OPE] Happy Birthday, OPE-L!

From: <ope-admin@ricardo.ecn.wfu.edu>
Date: Fri Sep 05 2008 - 04:42:50 EDT

Today marks the thirteenth (13th) anniversary of the founding of the
Outline on Political Economy (OPE-L) mailing list. Somehow - after all
these years - we continue to find controversial topics in poltical economy
to discuss and re-discuss. I guess this shows that Marxians are seldom at
a loss for words! As has been the case in previous years, our discussion
topics have been far-ranging from the most abstract theoretical questions
to the very concrete and contemporary.


There have been approximately 2,800 posts authored in the last year. This
is somewhat higher than our historical average.

There are currently 95 subscribers. This is a slight decrease from 96 the
previous September.

Participation rates have been consistent with our historical averages in
recent years high but have varied considerably from month to month.

Topics which have been discussed are too many to list. Please refer to the
archives - a wonderful resource.


There has been (off-list) discussion about a transition to a
directly-democratic system of list governance based on the "wisdom of
crowds" model. There is agreement by all those who have discussed this
that it would represent an innovative, unique, and exciting form of
Internet list organization but there are some details that have to be
worked out before a formal proposal can be made to the list.


On a sadder note, Allin resigned from the Advisory Committee because he
found that he simply doesn't have time at present to devote to list
administration. Allin will continue to maintain the official archives site
on the 'ricardo' server. His service to the list - over a period of many
years - has been invaluable. Alejandro continues to be a part of list
administration - for which we should all be thankfull.

In solidarity, Jerry

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Received on Fri Sep 5 04:44:57 2008

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