To see an economy as a system is implicitly to treat it as though it’s a coherent set of parts that are adapted to each other. this implies the system has an internal integrity and purpose and those who interact with the system should help to keep it functioning, to repair it if it is … Continue reading 1922. The problem of seeing the economy as a system.
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 … Continue reading 1919. Timelines
Provocation #106. Treating the economy as if it is a thing. Imagine a car parked on the street We think we see that car for what it is. But we do not see the flows within which it is embedded. - the finance, the road rules, the factory, the material extraction from open iron-ore pits … Continue reading 1903. Treating the economy as if it is a thing.
How to face the issues we are now confronting? What policies, what politics, what action? People generally seem to think that the right idea will save the situation. But real history is always the playing out of forces, aided by ideas, in conflict where the outcome has gone to the stronger. This implies that we … Continue reading 1890. Politics in an age of global warming
I have followed much of the reporting on Houston, Harvey and earlier, Katrina, Iraq, the California drought and rains. Obviously we are slow to imagine the scope of these events. As citizens and as governments. Houston faces the problem of - how many people displaced? We have two middle class family friends who live in … Continue reading 1889. Houston and beyond
From wolin politics and vision Consider, too, the political implications of the Reformation as a broad movement of revolt directed against an established order, a revolt whose success depended upon radicalizing the masses into disaffection with existing authorities and institutions. The perfecting of the arts of popular leadership and the tendency to blur the line … Continue reading 1790. From the past like the present
In Hunter gatherer societies people needed each other. The glue was there. In agricultural society elites needed agricultural workers and warriors and it was mediated by religion. The glue was there . In industrial society elites needed industrial workers and it was held together by nationalism, consumerism and mass production. The glue was there. In … Continue reading 1693. People needing people is the glue that holds society together
The right, the mainstream, in the US, the banks, with the support of the professionals and the one percent have created a mess with regards to inquality and climate. They have failed to create any public dialog around critical issues of population, the use of the land, energy, nuclear proliferation, and the quality of life. Instead … Continue reading 1693. the center blames the right rather than itself.
too good to not post. From the site social ecologies.com https://socialecologies.wordpress.com/2016/06/13/creative-destruction-the-age-of-metamorphosis/ ''Humankind cannot bear very much reality.” ― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets It’s not really reality that’s giving way in our age, but rather the symbolic worlds we built against the tide of change and becoming other; against metamorphosis and mutation. Children of the Sun … Continue reading 1692. Quoting from socialecologies
How the past can, or may not, affect the present. This is key to Fraser’s thesis. What fueled the resistance to the first Gilded Age, he argues, was the fact that many Americans had a recent memory of a different kind of economic system, whether in America or back in Europe. Many at the forefront … Continue reading 1690. Kline on Fraser’s age of aquiesence.