Category Archives: Complex Systems

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

I live in a very conservative state. Most of the people I meet resent the Federal Government and strongly opposed the Troubled Asset Relief Program that they see as a bailout of overpaid Wall Street bankers who made bad bets … Continue reading

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Leading in Complexity

We constantly hear that there is a dearth of leadership in this country, that David Cameron needs to lead in the UK, that we need leaders to save us from ourselves. What is leadership in a complex society? Is it … Continue reading

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A Constitutional Problem

Many Tea Party supporters carry a miniature copy of the U.S. Constitution in their pocket as they complain about how Washington does business. They want spending reigned in—except for the programs that they like or depend on—and the deficit reduced. … Continue reading

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Disaster Afoot?

Flooding in Pakistan, smoldering peat fires in Russia shrouding Moscow in thick smoke, and drought in Europe. Is this what climate change looks like? US income inequality growing, profits rising as a share of national income, unemployment staying high, the … Continue reading

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Malefactors of Great Power

On this 234th celebration of the Declaration of Independence, it is appropriate to look at what the Founding Fathers left out of their declaration and the subsequent constitution. Today we need protections against new Malefactors of Great Power. The US … Continue reading

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Thaler Agrees

The noted professor of economics and behavioral science at the University of Chicago agrees with our post “Too Complex to Govern.” See his comments in the New York Times about complexity in various modern social systems. As Thaler comments: “Neither … Continue reading

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Too Complex to Govern

The Gulf Spill raises the question: Are some activities are too complex to govern effectively? The technology needed to drill a mile below the surface of the sea is, by itself, not complex. It may be complicated but because it … Continue reading

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