RE: [OPE] Advice to a postgrad

Date: Fri Jun 27 2008 - 13:20:19 EDT

> Action is good but concerning Science, good libraries and a pluralist environment are even better. 
Alejandro A:
For a Marxian, praxis should be more important than a good library.
There are only a handfull of colleges globally where the economics 
departments could be legitimately described as being as being 
"pluralist".  As far as I know, there is not a single economics 
department in the advanced capitalist world in which the economics of
socialism is an area of  specialization. 
> Unfortunately, you can not find either of them in Venezuela today. 
Oh, I think there is much more pluralism in Venezuela than
you recognize! I'm not sure about the situation with libraries,
though. But, at least the _people_ can use university libraries
in Venezuela as opposed to the situation at most of the elite
colleges in the 'North' where you first have to afford the 
tuition before you are allowed access to university resources.
> We donít even have a single university among the best 500 in the world.
I just looked at that listing. It is shockingly US- and Euro-Centric.
> In addition, as non English speaking political economist I recommend to take advantage of the dynamism 
> of the English speaking scholarly institutions. 
There is more dynamism in a day in Venezuela than in a year 
at an elite college in the West.  There is a tremendous amount of 
dynamism in Cuba today as well. 
Dynamism is what students have when they enter graduate school
in the West. In the course of their studies and experience, it is 
generally shaken out of them.
In solidarity, Jerry

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