I received the following email this morning.
So I wrote to the organisers to ask why. I personally never expect the show to go on, but why cancel? This was the reply:
We’re currently investigating why these emails have been sent out as the tour is still going ahead. Nothing has changed, we are still waiting for Gavin and Tommy’s visas to be approved.
This, as it turns out, was the second time in about two weeks that someone has clearly hacked into my email account or to an email account to which I have written. The first was a couple of weeks ago when a query was posted at the Society for the History of Economics (SHOE) website asking for an updated list of problems that had been solved by economists. An interesting question, I thought, so after a week during which time no one else had replied, I posted this, partly in fun but also with serious intent since there are no unsolved problems in economics, that is, none over which there is unanimous agreement.
I thought I ‘d wait to see if anyone else had anything to add but since no one else has, let me note that there is at least one other unsolved problem in economics which is this:
Does public spending during recessions add to employment and hasten recovery?
I can think of a few others but will leave it at that.
And within a day I received this.
From: “YORKU.CA LISTSERV Server (14.5)”
Date: 27 March 2019 at 4:49:07 am AEDT
Subject: Re: UNSUBSCRIBE SHOE
You have been removed from the SHOE list.
That someone did not like my poking a stick into the moribund Keynesian carcass that lives on in our zombie economic texts, peddled to millions of unsuspecting students, is par for the course. But they could only have unsubscribed me, near as we can tell, by using my own email account. Pretty unsettling.