Sunday, January 15, 2023

Blogger Barkley Rosser, 1948-2023 RIP

Barkley was born the same year as my sister Lidka and my cousin Andrej  

Barkley shared insightful posts and world would be less colourful without characters like him…. 

He was a “ human tornado, quick and vociferous, backed up by a vault of reading, study and thinking.  He was uncommonly wide-ranging: although his reputation rested primarily on his work in complexity theory and nonlinear dynamics, he was a textbook coauthor in comparative systems and served as editor of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.  Of course, if you read his blog posts here, you would know how wide his horizons were.

Barkley Rosser, 1948-2023

One of JMU’s longest-serving faculty members, Barkley Rosser has published several books and more than 200 journal articles, book chapters and book reviews in a variety of subfields of economics. He is known for his study of complexity, chaos theory and speculative bubbles, as well as for his equation, which can be used to forecast ratios of future Social Security benefits to current ones in real terms. He and his wife, Marina, a renowned economist and retired JMU professor, co-authored a widely used textbook on comparative economic systems.

Man in motion James Madison University (Barkley Rosser, 1948-2023). Sadly, another old-school blogger is gone. Our condolences!

(don’t) read all about it!

In all the stories from the funeral there’s one that they don’t tell:
it’s how Kwasi’s clearly off his chops or seriously unwell,
but the media stay silent, they decide this isn’t news
instead they focus our attention on the pronouns people choose.
They laud a queue to see a coffin, ignore the ones for A&E,
print photographs of food-banks with Conservative MPs
who are smiling for the camera, and never ask them how it is
that folk can work yet not afford to eat in this wealthiest of countries.
And if we start to grumble about what lies out of our reach
they’re quick to point their lying finger at some poor sod on a beach
who’s just landed in a dinghy, say that they’re the ones to blame.
They set the poor upon the poorer, the same old sorry game
they’ve played down all the centuries, one that offers no solution,
which provides us with a scapegoat when we need some kind of revolution.
And yes, we’re desperate and angry, and we sometimes take the bait
they’re dangling in front of us. The politics of hate
can be attractive when you’re powerless, when hope’s in short supply,
when costs go up and wages don’t. When rent’s sky-high.
When the day-to-day is dismal and the future is a threat
and you could do with some distraction. And so, the trap is set
with flags and pageantry and outrage, they launch their war on woke™
and we’re conscripted in a culture war against our own folk
where we’re at each others’ throats and all of us lose,
fighting on battlegrounds we didn’t choose.
We need to do so much better than this. Bring ourselves back from the brink.
The world we want to live in is closer than we think
if we just look out for each other. Don’t buy the lies they sell.
The stories that we need to hear are the ones that they don’t tell.

There is more from Steve on his website.

Peter Schotch (1946-2022)