We often receive emails that assume the Heterodox Economics Newsletter is affiliated with a particular heterodox economics association, such as Association for Heterodox Economics. As a matter of fact, the Newsletter is and will continue to be independent of any heterodox economics associations, while promoting all kinds of heterodox economic activities in the tradition of Marxian-radical political, Post Keynesian-Sraffian, institutional-evolutionary, feminist, ecological, social economics, etc. This list of heterodox economics traditions is, of course, not exclusive. However, arguably, heterodox economics should not be as inclusive as the list on the Wikipedia page on “Heterodox Economics.” Moreover, this Wiki-entry defines heterodox economics in a negative manner, and it needs extensive elaboration. We know that many students go to Wikipedia to catch a glimpse of heterodox economics. So we’d like to draw your attention to this entry and, hopefully, you can make it better.
In the past we have been told (by a well-known economist) that we should be called the “Leftist” Heterodox Economics Newsletter. While we both come from the “leftist” tradition of heterodox economics, we do not purposely exclude information from, say, any “rightist” traditions (like the Austrians, for example). We post information that comes from the networks and listservs that we the editors choose to belong to, and that is what the content of the Newsletter reflects. If that means we ARE the Leftist HEN, then so be it.
Tae-Hee Jo and Ted P. Schmidt, Editors