I am currently visiting in Penang MalaysiaIn in part focused on Global heating and the local political climate. Several observations. The first, competition is intense in this clan based ethnically complex world. in this world people are very aware of their social status and place in the hierarchy and not very interested in things that lay outside up … Continue reading post # 2029 Global warming and incomplete conceptual apparatus
Economics is stuck. Is economics stuck because it cannot reform what it has defined as outside its scope? Things like Real quality of life in the developing world (developing for the benefit, not of the people who live there, but for globalized business operations and profit seeking). The facts on the ground are having a … Continue reading Post # 2028 Economics is stuck
Almost all proposals for what to do to stay under 2° Compare the energy needs now with the energy needs at the end of a transition process. What is not taken into account is the cost of the transition itself. The clue is the often included language that this is a good business opportunity. The … Continue reading post # 2027. climate change transition costs.
The future of the university is as difficult to imagine as it is to imagine the future of a globe experiencing the convergence of severe problems. The university, by name, is a whole, a mapping on to the cosmos of all relevant knowledge, but the university as it has evolved is a machine generating fragmentation … Continue reading post # 2026. The future of the University.
Provocation # 174. So far as I am aware, there is no plan proposed by anybody that deals with the social disruption of climate breakdown and the social disruption of trying to prevent that disruption in anything like implementable detail. If you know of any please let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org' The Green New Deal proposed … Continue reading Post # 2023. No plan for the societal side of climate change
Provocation # 173. I find that under the pressures of current event it is hard to develop coherent essays. Too many moving parts. The result is more like a collage than a logical structure. I think we are all feeling this. People are stuck in their thinking about climate change because the imagination fails to … Continue reading Post 2022. Economic imagination lacking.
Provocation #170 What if the problem is capitalism? Without safeguards the dynamics of the rich having better access to market information and cheaper credit means those with capital continue to get richer. Simple dynamics at play. To keep this excess manageable safeguards must be continually active, but increasing complexity keeps the dynamics hidden. The counter … Continue reading Post # 2019 Could the problem be capitalism?
The Economic and Social Roots of Populist Rebellion: Support for Donald Trump in 2016 Thomas Ferguson, Benjamin Page, Jacob Rothschild, Arturo Chang, and Jie Chen∗ at https://www.ineteconomics.org/uploads/papers/WP_83-Ferguson-et-al.pdf Important. ABSTRACT This paper critically analyzes voting patterns in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Using survey data from the American National Election Survey and aggregate data on Congressional … Continue reading #2018 Why Trump won. Economic more than identity
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.
Gates Memo has today (Oct 17) My plan for fighting climate change. Climate change and the 75% problem gatesnotes.com · by Bill Gates Bill Gates makes a proposal. I think we need to be very critical and get him to take himself more seriously. The errors and omissions of logic are representative of why … Continue reading Post #2016 Bill Gates capital serving memo on climate change.