provocation # 169. Economics and world management. The world definitely needs managing - or some equivalent. Everything overlaps. Specialties don;’t work. The world is one but specialties divide it. Is there any path for economics that will make it a partner in world management? Or are we locked in to an economics that serves academic … Continue reading post # 2018. Economics and world management.
Provocation #149 Why can they get so rich? In the spirit of provocations.. Cook, Bezos and Musk all want to use money pulled from society and blow it off into outer space, abandoning earth and humanity. As Bezos has said, basically there is nothing on earth worth investing in. Some jobs are created by their … Continue reading Post #2002. Why can they get so rich?
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 # 143Progress vs cycles. Implications for us The current state of society brings into question the necessity, even the likelihood, of progress. But is progress actually so wonderful? Paul Valery wrote in 1900, “We later civilizations, we too know that we are vulnerable.” This was a shock to me when I read it in … Continue reading 1991. Progress vs cycles. Implications for us.
last night, dream of my visiting an art school. I start in a studio, architecture students all straight lines in their drawings. the kind of design we can call "dollar per sq foot architecture.", post bauhaus, bauhaus without quality. i wonder down the hall, well, not wandering, searching. I come to a dance studio, the … Continue reading 1980. dream
Intersting puzzle. Commentary on today's identity politics. we have from Zizek’s Return To Plato As Materialist? A Woman Throwing a Stone, a lesser known painting by Picasso from his surrealist period in the 1920s, offers itself easily to a Platonist reading: the distorted fragments of a woman on a beach throwing a stone are, of course, a … Continue reading 1962. Picasso’s Woman throwing a stone.
The world is more like we thought it would be than we seriously thought it would be. I am convinced that the biggest task ahead will be learning how to feed each other. All the major Greek concepts economics politics philosophy technology need to be rethought.
There are many good schools, many good teachers and many children learning and actually have a good time. But even the best schools a time feel like prison. I remember it from my own childhood and there are testimonies like Albert Schweitzer and Jean Pisget who wrote about their own difficult time with school and … Continue reading 1953. school and prison
The psychology of shooters. A shooting requires at least three things. a shooter, a victim, and a gun. But a shooting takes place in a cultural context, in an atmosphere, a feeling for how things are. The question for young people forming their identity is who am I , and the crucial question is what … Continue reading 1946. The psychology of shooters.
Provocation #112 Population As we look for positive plausible scenarios for the future we need to be imaginative, compassionate and realistic. Economics can play a crucial role in creating an economy that is supportive. But when the history of our time is written a key question will be: why didn't we deal with the obvious? … Continue reading 1915. Population and economics