Rethinking our institutions in the context of regaining the opening to freedom is one way of looking at the task. This is certainly a time of tension. We have missed the obvious point - that we should have been creating an environment good for growing people across generations, in communities, and families. As a society, … Continue reading Post # 2024 Revisit escape from freedom
Provocation # 174. So far as I am aware, there is no plan proposed by anybody that deals with the social disruption of climate breakdown and the social disruption of trying to prevent that disruption in anything like implementable detail. If you know of any please let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org' The Green New Deal proposed … Continue reading Post # 2023. No plan for the societal side of climate change
Provocation # 173. I find that under the pressures of current event it is hard to develop coherent essays. Too many moving parts. The result is more like a collage than a logical structure. I think we are all feeling this. People are stuck in their thinking about climate change because the imagination fails to … Continue reading Post 2022. Economic imagination lacking.
What if economics is unnecessary to understand economy? If we had no discipline of economics we might have common sense about the economy, the pragmatic relations of humanity and society to the material world in all its manifestations. “Economics” has been aligned with elite needs from its early use just after Wealth of Nations as … Continue reading Post # 2021 If we avoided the word “economics”
Provocation # 171 which scenario? will economics help manage the choice? As the political situation deteriorates we can foresee several possible groupings of interests 1. The Democratic party of the professional class (The Clinton grouping) 2. The disaffected: economically injured or threatened. Ferguson, et al, described) 3. The progressives: Scandinavian style social democracy and identity … Continue reading Post # 2020. Which scenario? will economics help manage the choice?
Provocation #170 What if the problem is capitalism? Without safeguards the dynamics of the rich having better access to market information and cheaper credit means those with capital continue to get richer. Simple dynamics at play. To keep this excess manageable safeguards must be continually active, but increasing complexity keeps the dynamics hidden. The counter … Continue reading Post # 2019 Could the problem be capitalism?
The Economic and Social Roots of Populist Rebellion: Support for Donald Trump in 2016 Thomas Ferguson, Benjamin Page, Jacob Rothschild, Arturo Chang, and Jie Chen∗ at https://www.ineteconomics.org/uploads/papers/WP_83-Ferguson-et-al.pdf Important. ABSTRACT This paper critically analyzes voting patterns in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Using survey data from the American National Election Survey and aggregate data on Congressional … Continue reading #2018 Why Trump won. Economic more than identity
provocation # 169. Economics and world management. The world definitely needs managing - or some equivalent. Everything overlaps. Specialties don;’t work. The world is one but specialties divide it. Is there any path for economics that will make it a partner in world management? Or are we locked in to an economics that serves academic … Continue reading post # 2018. Economics and world management.
Provocation 168. How to expand the scope of economics. In the spirit of provocation.. Economics advanced by making assumptions that treated most of society as external to economics, but it turns out, as it has, that the dynamics of society profoundly affect the mainstream neo-classical economic model: ownership, wealth: interest, politics, people’s state of mind … Continue reading Post # 2017. Expanding the scope of economics?
Gates Memo has today (Oct 17) My plan for fighting climate change. Climate change and the 75% problem gatesnotes.com · by Bill Gates Bill Gates makes a proposal. I think we need to be very critical and get him to take himself more seriously. The errors and omissions of logic are representative of why … Continue reading Post #2016 Bill Gates capital serving memo on climate change.