An alternative economics blog by a professor at a major university has been slammed for using pseudoscientific jargon to suggest that the US economy could soon resemble a communist state.
The title of a recent post by professor Jonathan Gruber suggests the US could soon look like a communist country, while the subtitle states that the country could be like “a state with the right to use all its power to achieve a socialist utopia”.
The post, titled “How we could become a communist economy,” was posted by Professor Jonathan Grunder on his blog, Alternative Economies.
“It is my opinion that if we could manage to get to a place where we could actually use all of the power that we have, then we could be able to have a socialist system that is based on the principles of economic freedom and prosperity,” he wrote.
“And in the end, if we get there, we will have a system that looks like a state with a right to all kinds of economic activities, including socialism.”
Gruber said that he had “never been more excited to see the country get there” after a decade of research.
“I am convinced that if you can build a system based on economic freedom, that we can be a socialist economy,” he said.
“That’s why I believe that we should have a conversation about it.”
Grouber has previously argued that the rise of communism in the former Soviet Union in the 1990s could have been avoided if people had just been more open to economic alternatives.
In response to the post, the American Society of News Editors said it had “deep concerns” about the use of pseudo-scientific jargon in articles published by a major academic institution.
“The journal’s guidelines prohibit pseudoscience and its use in research publications is not allowed,” the society said in a statement.
“Alternative Economies is clearly trying to capitalize on the widespread public outrage over its misleading and misleading title, and we believe it is inappropriate for a journal to publish a piece in which it suggests that alternative theories are correct.”
We will continue to monitor this journal and will take appropriate action if any further violations of our guidelines are found.
“The American Association of University Professors also criticised the use.”
The Association of American Universities also said that any future articles by Gruber should also be vetted.””
Any article that uses pseudoscepticism to support one point of view is misleading and deceptive.”AAUP members should also exercise caution when engaging in research work that is influenced by alternative economic ideas.
“The Association of American Universities also said that any future articles by Gruber should also be vetted.”
A number of the articles have been written by people who are well-known in alternative economics circles, and should be scrutinised for any potential conflicts of interest,” the association said in its statement.
Professor Gruber said he was “very much aware” that he was in the news after the post was published.”
People are looking at this all the time, and I am sure the people who have written this stuff will be surprised and disturbed,” he told ABC News Radio on Thursday.”
They will ask, ‘What’s the problem?
What’s the explanation?’
I don’t think I’ve given them any answers.