Provocation # 206. More on monopoly. Last week I argued that the tendency of markets is toward monopoly and that the great monopoly - a combination of Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon - combined with government and military - would be a centralizing authoritarian regime of terrible nightares. Science fiction at its worst. Some … Continue reading Post #2038 More on monopoly – and climate change
Provocation # 206 MonopolyEconomics prides itself on mathematical sophistication, yet.. Following up on the previous Post The functioning of the market is toward monopoly because those with power and money can acquire more power and money at cheeper prices than those with less. We sort of know this, but do we imagine our way to … Continue reading Post # 2037.
Terrific presentation of Zuboff's new book, the Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The fight for a human future at the new Frontier of Power. careful, passionate, broad spectrum analysis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2s4Y-uZG5zk
Porovocation #204 Hard to rise up to the level of provocation when the news is so provocative. The US in Venezuela and the way the press falls in line with military interventions to protect the aid workers and volunteers. The history tells a story of oil companies back before Chavez, and Chavez failed because of … Continue reading Post # 2035 Taboos in economics.
Provocation #200 Lets assume that any system that breakes the environment and destroys its people is a broken system, what happens next? I have been thinking that maybe it's pretty simple. Look at the sequence phasecharacteristicsHunter gatherersDetailed local knowledge, fire, language, kinship systemsempireWars, hierarchy, slaves, agricultureeconomicsGrowth, Finance, mass production, consumerism, individualism, treaty of Westphalia?? Each … Continue reading post # 2032. Four phases in human history
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuudPum21nE Attenborough says don't blame, let business and government get on with practical solutions. And they have wonderful things in store.. Ouch.
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.