The initial reason for starting this campaign was to raise funds to provide continuous development funds for Minsky, the Open Source system dynamics program that I designed and developed in concert with Dr Russell Standish. Minsky had first been developed thanks to a $128,000 grant from the Institute for New Economic Thinking in 2012, and only another crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter enabled it to get to a usable state by raising another $78,000. I had given up on getting research funding from the usual channels, since these are dominated by Neoclassical gatekeepers who had always rejected my applications. Patreon, with its continuous funding model, seemed an ideal vehicle.
Then I was told that, thanks to the impact of yet another Neoliberal deform (not a typo) of Higher Education, Kingston had to downsize severely. I would either need to teach 4 times as much, or go on 1/4 pay.
A fourfold increase in my teaching load would have wiped out my ability to campaign for the reform of economics, so I said I'd take the 1/4 option and take my chances with Patreon.
If Patreon hadn't worked, I would have returned to Australia to live--since the UK's tax rules hit me with the top marginal tax rate when I access my superannuation savings here. My campaign to reform economics would have become a part-time activity during my retirement.
Well thanks to you all, it's worked. I can now afford to remain in Europe indefinitely, which is fabulous since it's the epicenter of the student revolts against mainstream economics, and economic debate here is far sharper than in the USA, let alone than in Australia.
As well as enjoying your support, I've enjoyed interacting with you as well. I haven't done enough of this as yet, largely because my list of incomplete commitments is still lengthy. But I hope that by September 2019, I'll have cleared most of that backlog and I can devote myself to developing my Magnum Opus on economics, and interacting directly with you all here.
Thank you, one and all.