Category Archives: Social Systems

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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Reduce the Cost of Banking

In a column in the Financial Times, John Kay comments that the financial innovations that were much lauded in the 1990s and that contributed to the 2008 financial meltdown were designed to manage risks that it caused. They do nothing … 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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Back Online

We’ve been out of touch for too long with an excess of pressing commitments. But figuring out a complex planet and how to behave on it is more important. So, we are re-starting the debate. To remind readers: the core … Continue reading

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Medical Malpractice and Simple Solutions

Beliefs about the cost and effectiveness of the medical malpractice system vary. Trial lawyers who generally support the Democratic Party claim that medical malpractice suits are the best way to compensate those injured by medical errors and punish those physicians … Continue reading

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China is Changing the World

 China is fast moving to superpower status. It has challenged US supremacy by suggesting an alternate reserve currency in place of the dollar and the US is increasingly reliant of China for manufactured goods, action on climate change, and sanctions … Continue reading

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