1923. Economics should be about the full spectrum of the basics.

Provocation #115. Economics should be about the the full spectrum of the basics, Some musings: Economics has become increasingly abstract, mostly through the influence of mathematics and the marginalists. But the reality of economy is organic. Manuel De Lande in his book Assemblage Theory says that in mechanical systems the parts maintain the integrity of …

1921. US Sold out

Surmise. Following up a hint from Tainter's Collapse of Complex Societies where he says, paraphrase; elites own the infrastructure and when it is in trouble, instead of doing maintenance and enhancement, they do all they can to cut costs and take more out of the system. Trump is detaching the US from the world, and …

1920. AI and life

a fantasy about automation. you receive a reminder on your iPhone that tomorrow you will be picked up at 11 AM by a driverless Uber to take you to a meeting and two papers that you are supposed to read are attached. The next day you get a message that your Uber is in front …

1919. Timelines

I find it very useful to get people to do a time line on how we got here(our current moment in history). Very typically it goes primitives Agricultural empires Feudalism Industrialization. With a stress on discontinuities. An alternative, rarely considered is that across the  changes is the underlying continity of elites ruling the situation, and …

1918. if appearances

If appearances allow the world to be minimally governed, what happens when Internet breaks through to Reality? Does the world remain governable? Even though governance has not been terrific it more or less got us through. Will that continue?

1916. Future education

The social impact of technology is swamping the technology agenda. The result is a huge opening for those who can manage the interface between tech and society. This means an accurate overview of tech and a good understanding of history, society, law, social policy.