Indeed trivium has been mute for a while, only stopping by to approve comments (which are always welcome), and to post a few links here and there.
This is because he has been entirely whorled up in the process of securing tenure, or something like it. This has been good for his academic writing, but his extracurricular writing has been on hiatus… since those energies have generally been taking up by teaching, and by learning yet another language. I realize that I started this blog during a hiatus in my teaching, and that indeed teaching has taken up some of those same energies that gets me fired up to write here on the Platonist. I think that much good work has been done, and indeed the readership here is growing significantly every month it seems, so I want to keep the site up, and current, and let everyone know that we’re still here, and planning on maintaining and furthering the ideals set out here.
That being said, I think that the social movement that is and probably will for the forseeable future remain closest to my heart is the notion of founding the Institute for Consumer Focused Economics. I like the fact that the title sounds corporate, and financial. The point is to get the attention of those who work in those worlds, to let them know that we can speak the same language, and use the same equations, and yet begin and end with a radically different ‘product,’ i.e., an economics which is about the enrichment of the average individual, rather than an economics which is about the enrichment of the nation, the corporation, or the wealthy few (who are so often in conservative think-tanks equated with the best, the most energetic, the most innovative, the hardest working, etc., even though most of them began with signficiantly greater access to wealth, education, and/or intellectual gifts than most of us.
I have been talking about something like the ICFE for a long time. I am not even sure what form it will take. I would like to apply for funds to open a center. I would love to organize the publication of a newsletter, and perhaps turn the Platonist into a hub for the ICFE, or create a new website. This will require some time and energy on my part which right now is hardly able to be forthcoming: society has made it so difficult for us to obtain secure jobs, compared with a generation ago, that we have less and less time to pursue those interests which might actually change the world for the better… of course, the powers that be don’t tend to mind this state of affairs, really, either.
So: let’s call this a foundation. It is founded. As of right now, it exists. The ICFE. The Institute for Consumer Focused Economics. What are our goals?