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
Lets do better with ourselves, our society and our planet.We need clarity of purpose and clarity of means. The purpose has to be growing good and interesting people, and that means developing our environment and society to support that goal. Gross National Product and other measures of growing the economy in terms of dollars is … Continue reading 1914. Clarity of purpose and means
To deal with GardenWorld, human biology, anthropology, literature, history... all relevant. The brain is not a good substitute for mind. The activity in the brain has loops through senses and musculature to the outside reality. The specification of what is in the brain thus requires reference to the external world. (See especially Piaget)
these days we tend to assume that treating the economy as though it’s a solar system is motivated by the conservative perspective that the economy should not be messed with by government because it will spoil a natural system. But it is important to remember that the natural law movement in the 17th and 18th … Continue reading 1912. Economics as a natural system.
could talk a lot about Spengler, but details help and i will seed them here. from Wikipedia on Xenophon, contemporary of Aristotle. The strength of Cyrus in holding the empire together is praiseworthy according to Xenophon. However, the empire began to decline upon the death of Cyrus. By this example Xenophon sought to show that … Continue reading 1911. empire and leadership
I think it is helpful to start out with a very broad sense of history. So a quick view of history.. Life is sex and food, food to support the sex. Most of the stuff we have is to attract and keep sex partners: house, car, clothes, books, travel are to impress sexual partners. Home … Continue reading 1910. Broad perspective.
Just fascinating. By Dotan Lesham: The origins of Neoliberalism from Jesus to Foucault. First Aristotle and Plato discuss the well managed estate, economia, producing a surplus, and what to do with it? Should be for leisure to do politics and philosophy, not spent on stuff. For those who say TINA here is a serious alternative … Continue reading 1909. Book Note: Dotan Lesham, The Origins of Neoliberalism: Modeling the Economy from Jesus to Foucault