I am currently visiting in Penang MalaysiaIn in part focused on Global heating and the local political climate. Several observations. The first, competition is intense in this clan based ethnically complex world. in this world people are very aware of their social status and place in the hierarchy and not very interested in things that lay outside up … Continue reading post # 2029 Global warming and incomplete conceptual apparatus
Economics is stuck. Is economics stuck because it cannot reform what it has defined as outside its scope? Things like Real quality of life in the developing world (developing for the benefit, not of the people who live there, but for globalized business operations and profit seeking). The facts on the ground are having a … Continue reading Post # 2028 Economics is stuck
Almost all proposals for what to do to stay under 2° Compare the energy needs now with the energy needs at the end of a transition process. What is not taken into account is the cost of the transition itself. The clue is the often included language that this is a good business opportunity. The … Continue reading post # 2027. climate change transition costs.
The future of the university is as difficult to imagine as it is to imagine the future of a globe experiencing the convergence of severe problems. The university, by name, is a whole, a mapping on to the cosmos of all relevant knowledge, but the university as it has evolved is a machine generating fragmentation … Continue reading post # 2026. The future of the University.
Provocation # 196 Economics can be seen as a kind if systems maintenance manual, plumbing for the flow of dollars in the economy. If economics were more seriously interested in science it would raise questions like: what is capitalism, what is socialism and if we understand these, is there a third possibility? ———————— The financial times … Continue reading Post # 2025 Capitalism and economics as plumbing
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. email@example.com' 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?