English Economic FAQ

What will I find on English Economic?

Comment and analysis on what’s happening in the economy right now and how it affects you, and more in-depth pieces on economic ideas and history. Unlike most economic media, you might find stuff on how economic ideas feature in the books you read, the film and TV shows you watch and even the music you listen to. There will also be regular posts by our resident economic illiterate, the Matchstick Man.

As well as our own posts, we offer a hand-picked selection of some of the best stuff from writers and economists who share our approach (and sometimes glaring examples of those who don’t).

Subscribe to our RSS feed to keep up to date. We won’t clog up your feed with daily or hourly posts. A couple of posts a week, plus a handful of links, is the norm for us.

Is this another free-market/Keynesian/hetrodox/Marxist site?

None of those things. We reject simplistic labels and the idea that something as complex as an economy of billions of human beings can be reduced to a single theoretical model.

But we are 100% behind the view of the great British economist John Maynard Keynes that the economy can’t be seen separately from the society of which it is a part, and that economics can’t cut itself off from other interesting things like politics, history, philosophy, psychology, culture and science.

Why not read the “about” page to find out more?

But this is a left-wing site, right?

We try to look at all economic ideas with an open mind. While our current contributors tend to lean to the left, we certainly don’t think the left has a monopoly of good economic ideas.

We do think that most people aren’t happy with the way the economy works for them, their families and their communities. If you’re one of those people who thinks everything’s fine and dandy with western free-market capitalism, good luck to you, but you will find a lot on this site to disagree with. We make no apology for that.

Can I write for English Economic?

You’ll be very welcome. We’ll consider anything that’s interesting, accessible and well-written – as long as it’s vaguely got something to do with economics and isn’t just the usual toadying or self-interested crap you find on the business pages. We can’t pay you anything at the moment, but we will plug your post to within an inch of its life on social media and give plenty of link-backs to your own site or blog. If you write regularly there might even be a beer or a lunch in it for you.

We also carry many links to interesting blogposts and articles elsewhere on the web, so let us know if you’ve got something or see something our readers might like.

Just email us on editor@englisheconomic.com.

Who’s the Matchstick Man?

The Matchstick Man is an economic illiterate who likes to ask awkward questions. He will post regularly on English Economic about his efforts to get to grips with some of the concepts and ideas you might hear economists and business commentators talking about. Matchsticks is sometimes a bit rude about the business and economic establishment and sometimes uses colourful language. Some people (AKA his employers) might be upset by this, so for the moment his identity must remain a secret.

The pseudonym comes from Sir Alec Douglas-Home, British prime minister from 1963-64, who admitted he was economically illiterate and sometimes used matchsticks to try to understand economic ideas.

Do you need an economics/maths degree to read this site?

Certainly not! One of our three criteria is that all articles must be accessible to non-specialists (the other two are that they must relevant to working people and interesting — by which we usually mean well-written and argumentative). We can’t promise that everything will be an easy read, but we try to keep economic jargon to a minimum and explain or define any terms we do use (on a separate page, if necessary).

If there’s anything you don’t understand, just ask! Use the comments section, or drop us a line at editor@englisheconomic.com

Who bankrolls English Economic?

No one. We rely completely on the voluntary efforts of our contributors and the generosity of people who support what we’re trying to do.

English Economic is entirely independent. We mean it. That’s why it says “A Free Press” in our masthead. We’re not linked to any political party, academic institution, think tank, pressure group or corporation. Hosting services and some design work are provided by our editor’s own small communications and publishing business, Lexographic.

If you’d like to help us out financially, or in in any other way, just drop us a line at editor@englisheconomic.com.

I like what you’re doing. Can I join you?

Absolutely! There’s no form to fill out, there’s nothing to pay. Contribute in any way that suits you. Write a post, send us a link, or just plug us on FaceBook or Twitter. Or just keep in touch.