The Greek gods, the tensions and the drama around sex, love and property.. To reduce these runs the danger socializing humans to eunuchs and crones. The current open window on normally obscured sexual lives seems to many somewhat unfair. There may be no clearly “fair” way to deal with sex, power, money, especially in the … Continue reading 1925. Sex, economy and economics.
Provocation #115. Economics should be about the the full spectrum of the basics, Some musings: Economics has become increasingly abstract, mostly through the influence of mathematics and the marginalists. But the reality of economy is organic. Manuel De Lande in his book Assemblage Theory says that in mechanical systems the parts maintain the integrity of … Continue reading 1923. Economics should be about the full spectrum of the basics.
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.
Surmise. Following up a hint from Tainter's Collapse of Complex Societies where he says, paraphrase; elites own the infrastructure and when it is in trouble, instead of doing maintenance and enhancement, they do all they can to cut costs and take more out of the system. Trump is detaching the US from the world, and … Continue reading 1921. US Sold out
a fantasy about automation. you receive a reminder on your iPhone that tomorrow you will be picked up at 11 AM by a driverless Uber to take you to a meeting and two papers that you are supposed to read are attached. The next day you get a message that your Uber is in front … Continue reading 1920. AI and life
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
If appearances allow the world to be minimally governed, what happens when Internet breaks through to Reality? Does the world remain governable? Even though governance has not been terrific it more or less got us through. Will that continue?
Provocation #113 The tendency in much of economics is to think in terms of closed system logic, ignoring context and worse, ignoring some of the states of the closed system. Here are two examples “The man who refuses to send his corn to market when it is at twenty pounds a load because he thinks … Continue reading 1917. limits to closed system thinking.
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.
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