"Efficiency’s Promise: Too Good to Be True" "More Jobs Predicted for Machines, Not People" An invisible thread connects David Owen's The Conundrum ("Efficiency’s Promise: Too Good to Be True") and Erik Brynjolfsson's and Andrew McAfee's Race Against the Machine ("More Jobs Predicted for Machines, Not People").
Both books address real -- and very important -- problems but they both arrive at false conclusions. The "conundrum," according to Owen, boils down to a lack of commitment driven by conflicting motives about protecting the environment, "Do we honestly care? " he laments at the end, citing George Orwell's observation that, "All left-wing parties in the highly industrialized countries are at bottom a sham, because they make it their business to fight against something which they do not really wish to destroy.
" The thread that unites the two books is an idea Marx called "the theory of compensation as regards the workpeople displaced by machinery" and Keynes criticized as the doctrine of self-adjustment. Put very briefly, the point is something like this. To Bear Witness and to Speak the Truth « Charles Eisenstein. (11/28/11) One of the recurrent debates within the Occupy movement is whether it should adhere strictly to non-violent methods, or rather embrace a “diversity of tactics” (including, presumably, violent ones).
This debate is futile unless it considers a deeper question: “Tactics to achieve what?” Without clarity here, the question of non-violence becomes a debate about moral philosophy. As I have written elsewhere, I think the purpose of the Occupy movement goes well beyond redressing inequities in income, employment, or debt. It seeks systemic change that is so deep that it is hard to put into words – especially the words of conventional political discourse. A world of justice, of peace, of healing – a world of love – is not something that can be demanded. Because the change the movement seeks is not a change that can be forced, the tactics of force will not serve. I raise this point not to argue the case for non-violence, but rather to observe why non-violence worked there.
Celia Brauer: Putting the “home” back in economics. I have heard this reminder about the roots of the word economics many times.
Perhaps it is because I choose to listen to people who speak about the importance of the Earth in our lives. But I sense I am out of step with many of my fellow humans and nowhere is this more obvious than when I read discussions about the “economy” in the media. As the fear of more recessions loom, columnists are trying to make sense of the daily ups and downs of the world’s economies and its impact on our world’s governments and their people. I suppose we can take comfort in the fact that so many are contributing but this is dangerous territory.
Economics is a subject few people know anything about, which means that “experts” might well steer us right back into the swamp we just emerged from. Surveying many of these discussions—there is a very obvious omission. We still use many of these latter models of economic theory today.
Living Economies Forum. LOCO. Bainbridge Graduate Institute · The Pioneer of Sustainable Business Education. Herman Daly: The Developing Ideas Interview. The Developing Ideas interview with Conventional economics is under siege.
For much of the latter half of the Twentieth Century, a group of professionals called economists has enjoyed unparalleled influence over the course of world development. Despite considerable successes, there have been numerous glaring failures. Among the critics, one stands out. Herman Daly is a maverick economist on a mission to give his discipline a heart. The Irrationality of Homo Economicus to our writer Karl Hansen. DI: Is the intellectual higher ground in economics increasingly up for grabs? Daly: Good question. The first thing the canonical assumptions abstract from is any notion of community - nothing but isolated individuals, Homo economicus. And I think it [the intellectual higher ground] is up for grabs in the sense that it's beginning to be challenged and I think that some of the popes of the profession are getting rather defensive.