This post is an indirect reply to the previous post. Without a doubt, mainstream economics is a very narrow discipline. Many smart people realize this, and that is why there does exist a long tradition of dissenting economists. Editors Philip Arestes and Malcolm Sawyer collect many of these biographies in their book, “A Biographical Dictionary of Dissenting Economists” (2000). The editors are sympathetic to the project of undermining neoclassical hegemony, and so the biographers are free to express their unrestrained views. A short overview from a book review by Robert Prasch of Middlebury College:
In light of the interests of the editors, the post-Keynesian (Davidson, Eichner, Kalecki, Keynes, Minsky, Robinson), Marxist (Baran, Dobb, Hilferding, Sweezy) and neo-Ricardian (Garegnani, Pasinetti, Sraffa) schools are prominently featured. It was also a pleasure to find some of the more interesting figures who have worked in development economics over the years (Amin, Frank, Furtado, Prebisch, Singer), along with several important figures who contributed to the Institutionalist school (Ayers, Commons, Galbraith, Means, Samuels). In addition, many of the people associated with the founding years of the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE) are featured here (Bowles, Gordon, Gintis, Reich, Weisskopf).
Although it is biased towards the left-leaning dissenters, this bibliographic dictionary still seems to be a valuable resources to those interested in learning about modern economists who have sought to broaden the economic conversation.