Provocation 214 Capitalism, feudalism and democracy. Capitalism is a way of assigning to one group of people (owners and managers of capital) the power of decision making for society. It is a structure running in parallel to the political regime. In practice capitalism has evolved through corporations to create feudal estates that are hierarchical, status … Continue reading post 2018 Capital democracy and feudalism
The main religions, all responses to oppressive empires, reach toward human solidarity. But we have failed to get there. My own tradition, lets call it ephemeral christianity, the humane side of that tradition, say the good Samaritan, is not as generative of carying and appreciation as we need. Where might such a tradition emerge from? … Continue reading Post 2026. Human solidarity.
A smart organization would keep its mangement on top of, ahead of, its capacities. We reward people for creating a complexity that can be sold without management oversight.The result is a network of connections that has emergnet effects unanticipated and more powerful than can be contained.
While Trump is doing damage it is important to recall that, while it was much subtler, the pre-trump period was systemically dysfunctional. Climate warming, econolocal destruction, automation ineqaulity were the outputs. So it ws only a mattr of time before the system we then had broke down. Trump was beneficiary of that, but with Trump … Continue reading Post # 2052 pre trump, trump and post trump
We are in a paradox, first amassing big data to intercorrelate everything and tying all the data sets together into one giant machine (Mirowski ). At he same time we are missing the big thing going on - the undoing of the planet - that we needed to know. The who, what why and when … Continue reading Post # 2051 big data vs unique event.
With all that is happening in income, inequality, algorithms replacing mind workers and robots replacing body workers, ecological destruction from forest cutting and sea over fishing, my view is that he most crucial issue is getting guidance to leadership that gets them to be aware that coping with 2 degree climate heating is not … Continue reading Post # 2050 Responding to 2 degrees.
How can there be property rights that begin with some having more than others? When comes that "right"? Moreover Property comes from “what is proper to a man of rank to show his rank in society” (it is a social sign),. The argument is, of course that "right" is the right to your private proeprty, … Continue reading Post #2049 Property rights.
Provocation # 210 People climate and economy What seems left out of most climate discussions is the impact of necessary changes on ordinary people. It is treated as though we could switch energy from fossil to wind/solar without a ripple. If it costs more the family gets a subsidy to make up … Continue reading post #2048 People economy and climate
People are caught up in anxiety and thought, but little action, about CO2. But in doing so they conveniently ignore eco-destruction. Making eco-destruction central is not easy. Some thoughts floating out there. autonomous cars don't need headlights for seeing but they ae currently needed to signal other cars. Another part of the reason who controls … Continue reading Post # 2047. Mix of plus and minus