George P. Brockway was a husband, father of seven, book publisher and tennis player. Upon retirement he turned to writing on economics. He published a number of books on the subject (The End of Economic Man, Economists Can Be Bad for Your Health, etc.). He also regularly wrote an article on economics for The New Leader under the name, The Dismal Science.
This blog provides a way for current readers to gain access to the New Leader series. Starting with his first offering in 1978, before he had a regular column and when he was still running W.W. Norton & Company, through the use of the title “The Dismal Science” in 1982, to his last New Leader article, each will be posted.
Since, as was his habit to refer the reader to earlier posts, over time the hyperlinks across the articles will provide the reader a navigation not available to the original readers unless they kept each of the articles as they came out.
By rough count there are 170 or so articles and letters to scan, edit, link, categorize, tag and publish. It will take some time…
I imagine that my father would have said this project wasn’t worth the effort while privately being pleased about it. At least that’s my hope.
I am not an economist and therefore cannot offer any academic observations about the content. I hope those in the know find them current and relevant enough to comment. That, above all, would make Dad happy.
May 13, 2012