I haven’t visited the London School of Economics (LSE) so I cannot be sure what is happening there. Very likely the good people at LSE don’t know what is happening there themselves either. In Cambridge, Bertrand Russell didn’t succeed in convincing Ludwig Wittgenstein that there wasn’t a rhinoceros in the lecture room, and LSE will claim that they are better than Cambridge, so they will be more challenged to show that what isn’t there really isn’t happening. Nevertheless, I have some misgivings about the performance of professor Paul de Grauwe as member of the Central Planning Commission (CPC) of Holland, and since De Grauwe is also the head of the European Institute of LSE, my fear is that he also disinforms his LSE colleagues and students about his failure in Holland.
This caused me to write this email to professor Calhoun, director of LSE, and copy to the members of the European Institute. Below I first list the members and secondly print the email.
(1) Copied to professors, lecturers and readers at the European Institute of LSE
Barr, Nicholas (Prof) – Professor of Public Economics
Bartlett, William (Dr) – Senior Research Fellow in the Political Economy of Southeast Europe, LSEE
Begg, Iain (Prof) – Professorial Research Fellow
Bryant, Rebecca (Dr) – A.N.Hadjiyiannis Senior Research Fellow on Contemporary Cyprus
Chalmers, Damian (Prof) – Professor in European Union Law
Costa-i-Font, Joan (Dr) – Reader in Political Economy (on leave 2012/13)
De Grauwe, Paul (Prof) – John Paulson Chair in European Political Economy, Head of the European Institute
Economides, Spyros (Dr) – Senior Lecturer in International Relations and European Politics; Deputy Director of Hellenic Observatory
Featherstone, Kevin (Prof) – Eleftherios Venizelos Chair in Contemporary Greek Studies; Director of the Hellenic Observatory (on leave 2012/13)
Fraser, Maurice (Prof) – Professor of Practice in European Politics (on leave 2012/13)
Glendinning, Simon (Dr) – Reader in European Philosophy; Director of the Forum for European Philosophy
Gordon, Claire (Dr) – Teaching Fellow in European Political Economy
Hagemann, Sara (Dr) – Lecturer in EU Politics (on leave MT/LT 2012/13)
Hancké, Bob (Dr) – Reader in European Political Economy
Hobolt, Sara B (Prof) – Sutherland Chair in European Institutions
Innes, Abby (Dr) – Lecturer in the Political Economy of Central and Eastern Europe
Jackson-Preece, Jennifer (Dr) – Senior Lecturer in Nationalism in Europe
Ker-Lindsay, James (Dr) – Eurobank Senior Research Fellow on the Politics of Southeast Europe, LSEE
Kleine, Mareike (Dr) – Lecturer in EU Politics
Komárek, Jan (Dr) – Lecturer in EU Law
Lenz, Hartmut (Dr) – Leverhulme Fellow
Macchiarelli Corrado (Dr) – LSE (Postdoctoral) Fellow in European Political Economy
Monastiriotis, Vassilis (Dr) – Senior Lecturer in the Political Economy of South Eastern Europe; Hellenic Observatory
Moumoutzis, Kyriakos (Dr) – LSE Fellow in EU Politics
Pamuk, Sevket (Prof) – Chair in Contemporary Turkish Studies
Schelkle, Waltraud (Dr) – Senior Lecturer in Political Economy; Adjunct Professor, Economics Dept., Free University of Berlin
Simoni, Marco (Dr) – Lecturer in European Political Economy
Skoutaris, Nikos (Dr) – A.N.Hadjiyiannis Senior Research Fellow on Contemporary Cyprus
Thielemann, Eiko (Dr)- Senior Lecturer in European Politics and Policy
Wallace, Helen CMG FBA (Prof) – Emeritus Professor
White, Jonathan (Dr) – Reader in European Politics
(2) The email
Date: Fri, 05 Apr 2013
From: Thomas Cool / Thomas Colignatus
Subject: Disinformation at LSE about the economic crisis in the EU
Cc: Paul de Grauwe
To professor Craig Calhoun
Director of LSE
Dear professor Calhoun,
Thank you for your short biography on the LSE website, and your quote ‘rerum cognoscere causas’.
My reason to write you is:
(a) There is censorship of economic science by the directorate of the Dutch Central Planning Bureau (CPB) since 1990.
(b) LSE professor Paul de Grauwe is member of the Dutch Central Planning Commission (CPC) since 2011, which committee has the task to advise the CPB.
(c) Professor De Grauwe does not respond to my suggestion that he investigates (a) and advises the directorate and the world to stop that censorship.
(d) It may well be likely that professor De Grauwe does not inform his fellows and students at LSE about that censorship.
(e) Thus LSE would have disinformation about an important element in the EU economic crisis.
The case and its evidence are documented here:
I have an extensive website in Dutch, and a weblog in English with the advice to boycott Holland till the censorship is resolved.
My suggestion is that you set up a committee of say seven of which at least three would know both Dutch and English, of various disciplines, to look into the case, talk to me, and have an open method of inquiry, with questions and answers on the internet, so that everyone can check what is going on. My suggestion is also that the creation of this committee is announced at the start, so that the world can start reading too.
PM. The original issue in 1990 concerned unemployment in Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Dutch policy of a surplus on the external account means a beggar-thy-neighbour policy, or an export of unemployment, while it is of key importance to Eastern Europe – and indeed also Southern Europe – to be able to export to earn the funds for investments. After the introduction of the euro, the economic situation is changed a bit. My most recent paper is on the problem that the euro works as a gold standard. The directorate of the CPB however will not investigate my work, nor acknowledge that the economic crisis confirms my analysis, since they are quite sure that I have been dismissed in 1991 so that my work doesn’t require attention anymore.
I mention some more links below.
Thomas Cool / Thomas Colignatus
Econometrician (Groningen 1982) and teacher of mathematics (Leiden 2008)
Formerly at the CPB 1982-1991
Some other links: