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
Are we now in a kind of early lock-in to nations and corporations and elite structures of inheritance, education and rewards? I sense a shift in atmosphere, rather than an easy to describe shift in consciousness and categories. The West seems riddled with lack of leadership. The past looms. Europe seems small and the US … Continue reading post 2013. Early lock-in?
In retrospect people will ask - why did economics keep supporting the system, or at best making small tweaks (tax rates, bank reserves ) but nothing capable of doing the obvious: modeling and discussing what needs to be done to stop the momentum toward crises, to prepare for a post crisis world.The critiques of what’s … Continue reading post # 2012 Retrospective on economics’ failure to engage.
The goal of recreating the Garden of Eden (as nice a life for humans as we could achieve) has long been replaced by turning it over to bankers and developers. The result is a megacide. This is an economy issue. We are not managing the estate well, we are exploiting the land and the people. … Continue reading 1993.Not facing issues leads to megacide.
The US that trump attacks is the US that in fact has been in many ways the enemy of the people who voted for him, or support him now. The country was run for the benefit of the 1% and the professional class and is most associated with the Clinton's, Obama and less well known, … Continue reading 1992. More on Trump
Provocation #142 Three thoughts Physics is a social creation and so we get histories of physics, which are different from say the history of the evolution of the atoms of the elements starting with the big bang and producing in turn hydrogen to helium to oxygen, etc.) Economics is the thinking about something - the economy, … Continue reading 1986. Three thoughts.
Economics looks at the world segment called economy and thinks of it as a system of a finite number of discrete variables that can be dealt with a few or a handful at a time.. These might share correlations or work with or against each other. It compares to the constraints of golf. A real … Continue reading 1976. Economy more like soccer than golf.
I think it is absolutely essential that we have a vision of where we are going, otherwise there is no guidance on our choices. It seems to me that the human condition beginning with hunter -gatherers is to feed ourselves and we have gone through agriculture and empires and wars as an unfolding of that … Continue reading 1975. The need for Gardenworld
Provocation # 134 In a time of crises, what is the role of institutions, in particular economics? To the extent economics maps adequately onto the real world as it has recently existed, what happens to that mapping when the world rapidly changes? The models that have been in use tend increasingly to not fit, and … Continue reading 1972.How does economics change to fit new circumstances?
Economics dominates our conversation about the state of society and we are not good at discussing history (the stories of what happened), anthropology (observations of how others had or still live), Philosophy (thoughts about who we are and how then to live). Much is being written, driven by the expanding awareness of crisis. At times … Continue reading 1968.