Provocation 214 Capitalism, feudalism and democracy. Capitalism is a way of assigning to one group of people (owners and managers of capital) the power of decision making for society. It is a structure running in parallel to the political regime. In practice capitalism has evolved through corporations to create feudal estates that are hierarchical, status … Continue reading post 2018 Capital democracy and feudalism
Provocation 2013. The lawful and the unique. Economics avoids the unique. Science has taken the view that things that can be made into “laws” are worthy of science. Unique events not so. Mary is standing by herself on the livingroom floor. Newton's F=MA tells us how much she weighs. But Mary sees Jane’s dropped handkerchief, … Continue reading Post 2027. The lawful and the unique. Economics avoids the unique.
The main religions, all responses to oppressive empires, reach toward human solidarity. But we have failed to get there. My own tradition, lets call it ephemeral christianity, the humane side of that tradition, say the good Samaritan, is not as generative of carying and appreciation as we need. Where might such a tradition emerge from? … Continue reading Post 2026. Human solidarity.
A smart organization would keep its mangement on top of, ahead of, its capacities. We reward people for creating a complexity that can be sold without management oversight.The result is a network of connections that has emergnet effects unanticipated and more powerful than can be contained.
Cutting energy use to stay under 2 degrees will have cascading effects. The energy for commuting for example, lets say cut enough that some people can’t get to work (as we know people drive increasingly long distances). The building they drive to also un-heatable and coolable. Not useable. What happens? Mortgage doesn’t get paid, anks … Continue reading post 2054 cascading effects in economic shifts
While Trump is doing damage it is important to recall that, while it was much subtler, the pre-trump period was systemically dysfunctional. Climate warming, econolocal destruction, automation ineqaulity were the outputs. So it ws only a mattr of time before the system we then had broke down. Trump was beneficiary of that, but with Trump … Continue reading Post # 2052 pre trump, trump and post trump
We are in a paradox, first amassing big data to intercorrelate everything and tying all the data sets together into one giant machine (Mirowski ). At he same time we are missing the big thing going on - the undoing of the planet - that we needed to know. The who, what why and when … Continue reading Post # 2051 big data vs unique event.
With all that is happening in income, inequality, algorithms replacing mind workers and robots replacing body workers, ecological destruction from forest cutting and sea over fishing, my view is that he most crucial issue is getting guidance to leadership that gets them to be aware that coping with 2 degree climate heating is not … Continue reading Post # 2050 Responding to 2 degrees.
How can there be property rights that begin with some having more than others? When comes that "right"? Moreover Property comes from “what is proper to a man of rank to show his rank in society” (it is a social sign),. The argument is, of course that "right" is the right to your private proeprty, … Continue reading Post #2049 Property rights.