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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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Irrational Irritation

According to at least one commentator “everybody, everywhere” is “upset over the economy.” It may be true, although the article actually shows that only Republicans and older people are actually angry. But no sane person should be angry at the … 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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We Have Seen the Enemy and It is Us

The TEA party is pressing for less government, the Obama Administration is pressing for more regulation. Are both ‘solutions’ aimed at the wrong problem? Is it possible that the last decade has demonstrated that the American variety of capitalism has … Continue reading

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Of Herds, Knowledge, and Effective Action

Scientists are against herds. Many now argue that climate science has become, as Jon Stewart of the Daily Show commented, a “secular religion.”   Herd mentality is bad in science, I agree, but it is necessary for effective social change. We … Continue reading

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Prevention is Better than Cure

Complex systems are prone to large effects from small causes. Society reflects this reality. An incident of police brutality sets off riots or a land dispute in a remote village threatens the stability of the world’s largest democracy. According to … Continue reading

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Will it All End with a Bang or a Whimper?

The cruel reality of T. S. Eliot’s poetry is appropriate. How will it all end? Will we collapse into chaos or can we manage a slow descent. George Monbiot and Paul Kingsnorth both think that we are doomed. But they … Continue reading

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