Because he believes that universities "no longer provide the time and funding they once gave to original thinkers," professor Steve Keen has turned to a crowdfunding source to pay his salary.
His goal: To raise $10,000 USD per month so that he can take a partial break from his job at Kingston University in the UK. During that time, he hopes to be able to finish the third edition of his book, Debunking Economics, and also compose some new videos for his YouTube channel, which boasts over 10,000 subscribers.
As Keen explains on his crowdfunding site at Patreon.com, university funding for his type of work has simply dried up.
"It's so bad now that the best way for me to have the time and resources to build a new economics is to leave the University sector, and get supported directly by the public," he writes.