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.

1901. The problem of narrow history.

Provocation #105 The problem of narrowing perspective in history The strategy of historians, especially of a field or a nation, is simple. They pick out in the past the major figure, or a few, that are obvious points of origin of the best qualities of the current state of affairs. Adam Smith played (or was... Continue Reading →

1892. Economics doesn’t know what people want.

The provocation is simple: economics doesn’t know what people want. Some related thoughts. (probabaly too long, the smokey hot weekend made thinking go lazy) Adam Smith was a little like Einstein: a personality and perspective so powerful that we don’t see much else, before or after. Though in Smith’s case, the immediate next generations of people... Continue Reading →

1865. The deeper cultures of “economy”.

Provocation # 90 Aristotle, as most economists know, used an existing greek word economy from oiko=house = nomos=rules… By it he and other Greeks meant estate management which we know both by the way the word was used and by the surrounding society which was organized in what we today would see as cattle ranches.... Continue Reading →

1853. Land without people

land-use restrictions New Hsieh-Moretti paper  land-use restrictions cut aggregate US growth 1964-2009 by >50%! Typical economics paper with no reference to people. It is assumed that a land use regime that maximizes corporate values is the best. The constraint is, high prices make it difficult for labor, but the idea is that under rent control conditions... Continue Reading →


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