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Freezing site/Moving to Patreon & Profstevekeen

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I’m freez­ing this site and mov­ing to both Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/ProfSteveKeen) and a new web­site http://www.profstevekeen.com/. There are sev­eral rea­sons: This site’s signup secu­rity failed, and some­thing like 50,000 bot-users have signed up. It’s just too cum­ber­some in Word­Press to delete them selec­tively from here, so it’s eas­ier to move to a new, clean site; I used to be very active in dis­cus­sions here, but the demands on my time became so exces­sive over time that I have vir­tu­ally stopped par­tic­i­pat­ing; I am going to retire from Kingston Uni­ver­sity next year (prob­a­bly in July), and if I am to con­tinue being a pub­lic intel­lec­tual and resid­ing in Lon­don (which, what­ever its other faults, is the best place in the world from which to be a

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I’m freez­ing this site and mov­ing to both Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/ProfSteveKeen) and a new web­site http://www.profstevekeen.com/. There are sev­eral rea­sons:

  • This site’s signup secu­rity failed, and some­thing like 50,000 bot-users have signed up. 
    • It’s just too cum­ber­some in Word­Press to delete them selec­tively from here, so it’s eas­ier to move to a new, clean site;
  • I used to be very active in dis­cus­sions here, but the demands on my time became so exces­sive over time that I have vir­tu­ally stopped par­tic­i­pat­ing;
  • I am going to retire from Kingston Uni­ver­sity next year (prob­a­bly in July), and if I am to con­tinue being a pub­lic intel­lec­tual and resid­ing in Lon­don (which, what­ever its other faults, is the best place in the world from which to be a pub­lic intel­lec­tual), then I have to gen­er­ate an income that will replace my aca­d­e­mic salary. Patreon enables me to do that; this site does not. 
    • UK tax rules pre­vent me liv­ing here and access­ing my Aus­tralian super­an­nu­a­tion pen­sion, and my pen­sion income from the UK will be roughly £100 a month, which is a bit shy of the cost of liv­ing in Lon­don

The site will con­tinue to exist (and a sup­porter David Cur­wen has recently fixed up many of the prob­lems that arose from an ISP crash some years ago, so my old UWS lec­tures are acces­si­ble now), but I will only occa­sion­ally post here, and I won’t engage in dis­cus­sion here. I will only do so on Patreon.

I am not sure how I’ll cope with the bot-prob­lem. Word­Press isn’t help­ful here, and the eas­i­est method may be sim­ply to delete all users. I’ll make a deci­sion on that shortly; this bot prob­lem was why the site crashed recently, and it took my new Prof­Steve­Keen site with it. I’ll regret doing that, but I may have no choice but to do so if I want the site to per­form at a rea­son­able speed.

Steve Keen
Steve Keen (born 28 March 1953) is an Australian-born, British-based economist and author. He considers himself a post-Keynesian, criticising neoclassical economics as inconsistent, unscientific and empirically unsupported. The major influences on Keen's thinking about economics include John Maynard Keynes, Karl Marx, Hyman Minsky, Piero Sraffa, Augusto Graziani, Joseph Alois Schumpeter, Thorstein Veblen, and François Quesnay.

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