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Blog Archive for the ‘Economics’ Category

Nils Gilman, “Deviant Globalization”

by Danielle Engelman on May 5th, 02010

The anti-state economy

Gilman described deviant globalization as “the unpleasant underside of transnational integration.”

There’s nice tourism, and then sex tourism, such as in Thailand and Switzerland. The vast pharmacology industry is matched by a vast traffic in illegal drugs. The underside of waste disposal is the criminal dumping in the developing world. . .   Read More

How to Prevent the Next Global Crisis

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 23rd, 02010

Member Tyler Emerson sent in a link to this article by Larry Brilliant on “How to Prevent the Next Global Crisis”.  Many of you know Mr. Brilliant as the former director of, he was also former Long Now Seminar speaker, and is now directing Skoll’s Global Threat initiative.

This is also hot. . .   Read More

Debt: The first five thousand years

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 22nd, 02010

Anthropologist David Graeber recently sent in his essay on the 5000 year history of debt (orignally published in Mute and Eurozine).  Aside from being an interesting read in general, this effort (which he is just now finishing as a book) is an interesting resource for the Eternal Coin and the Long Finance project.

Debt: The. . .   Read More

China rising

by Kirk Citron on January 18th, 02010

The Long News: stories that might still matter fifty, or a hundred, or ten thousand years from now.

Robert Fogel writes in Foreign Policy this month:
In 2040, the Chinese economy will reach $123 trillion, or nearly three times the economic output of the entire globe in 2000… Although it will not have overtaken the. . .   Read More

Paul Romer, “A Theory of History, with an Application”

by Stewart Brand on May 20th, 02009

New Cities with New Rules

This talk was the first in a series of public discussions of an idea that Romer has been working on for two years.

His economic theory of history explains phenomena such as the constant improvement of the human standard of living by looking primarily at just two forms of innovative. . .   Read More

We have met the enemy and he is us

by Paul Saffo on April 24th, 02009

It has been half a year since the financial meltdown began in earnest, and everyone from Senators, to CEOs, to suffering homeowners is suffering from crisis fatigue. We face myriad perils ahead as we navigate our way out of this vast mess, but the greatest peril of all comes from our frightening adaptability. What still. . .   Read More

The funeral for analog news… by Clay Shirky

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 14th, 02009

A multitude of tweets from people like Tim O’Reilly and Nion McEvoy pointed me to this excellent piece on the end of analog news by (past seminar speaker) Clay Shirky.  Not to be missed, here is an excerpt:

“When someone demands to know how we are going to replace newspapers, they are really demanding. . .   Read More

Wall Street Rejects Short-Term Thinking

by Stuart Candy on February 27th, 02009

Embraces Shorter-Term Thinking

[Image: NYSE by Flickr user Ernst Moeksis]

This stellar piece of reporting, published earlier in the month at Onionesque news site Red Tractor USA, speaks for itself.

NEW YORK – It was champagne and truffles on Wall Street last Monday as the Dow soared almost two whole points during a five minute. . .   Read More

That’s What You Call Investing for the Long Term

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 22nd, 02009

 The New York Times is carrying and interesting story on some of the oldest US bonds ever issued, which are coming due in 02009.  They are civil war bonds from 01868.  Ironic that we are just about to pay off our very first bonds in the same year that we are likely to incur the. . .   Read More

Dmitry Orlov, “Social Collapse Best Practices”

by Stewart Brand on February 16th, 02009

Managing social collapse

With vintage Russian black humor, Orlov described the social collapse he witnessed in Russia in the 1990s and spelled out its practical lessons for the American social collapse he sees as inevitable. The American economy in the 1990s described itself as “Goldilocks”—just the right size—when in fact is was “Tinkerbelle. . .   Read More