As Mr. Machiavelli said- “It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new. This... Continue Reading →
What are phantastic objects? This - phantastic objects are subjectively very attractive “objects” (people, ideas or things) which people find highly exciting and idealise. They engage core biological and psychological processes of human attachment and falling in love so that people seek to attach themselves to them because they imagine (feel rather than think) they... Continue Reading →
So, working on the creation of the acceptable limits of discourse, and the use of "independent" reports based on economic modeling to set and sustain those limits. Here is a flow chart (first draft). What have I missed?
I'm googling around exposing myself... to ideas to back up a piece I've two-thirds written. It's on the use of economic modeling to justify action/inaction on climate change. It's based on my Australian case study, and looks closely at the key period - 1989-1992, slightly less closely at the next period 1993-1997, and then dips... Continue Reading →
It's good to have a really good handle on why it is "unravelling" (1). Might help us spot some of the hows of the unravelling before they quite arrive. No averting, that's a 20th century delusion... Anyway thanks to a smart and compassionate friend (who took me out to the coast last Tuesday, when I... Continue Reading →
So, this 19th century economist called William Stanley Jevons came up with a Paradox around how the increased efficiency in the use of a commodity/element of production would lead to an increase in overall usage. If it gets cheaper to use, it will be used up more. I made a video a few years back.... Continue Reading →
I play a "Tardis" game. I'd scoop up various folks and bring em forward to the here and now; set them up in a London penthouse with a subscription to the FT, Economist, cable TV, a kindle with an unlimited download limit. I'd give them a month to come up with their analysis of where... Continue Reading →
The Climate Change Authority that Tony Abbott tried to abolish has created a fresh headache for his successor, Malcolm Turnbull. Seven of its members have agreed the sort of compromise emissions reduction target that even the Business Council of Australia can live with. Two – public intellectual Clive Hamilton and scientist David Karoly- have produced... Continue Reading →