Dikran Tulaine

Artist, Warner Brothers
Wayne, NJ, United States

About Dikran

Bio

I am a professional actor/storyteller/man of theater. From this perspective I watch the world go.

Areas of Expertise

Shakespeare, Theater, Acting

An idea worth spreading

No country, culture or nation is exceptional. If we looked at things through this prizm we would be much better off. That we don't is an essential kind of cowardice.

I'm passionate about

Truth. Not facts. Courage.

Comments & conversations

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Dikran Tulaine
Posted about 2 years ago
Erik Brynjolfsson: The key to growth? Race with the machines
That is my name, yes. The Hollywood Unions are strong enough to upset the producers. The temerity of talent challenging the bank! There was little nobility in old Europe either. It was the 'front.' "We deserve the lions share because God said so." I don't think that is a stretch in the Romney household. I imagine, without the Union movement here, working people would still be treated as the Indians and Chinese today. You make my Feudal argument yourself, you just agree with it. I don't.
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Dikran Tulaine
Posted about 2 years ago
Erik Brynjolfsson: The key to growth? Race with the machines
I know what Feudal means. The struggle in the US at the moment is to get away from Feudalism. The idea that part of the population is more valuable than the rest. If you don't see that you should open your window. Union movement here is incredibly weak, historically and compared to other developed countries. My name is not dude.
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Dikran Tulaine
Posted about 2 years ago
Erik Brynjolfsson: The key to growth? Race with the machines
i think America is essentially still Feudal. Or maybe the 2012 rang the bell on a move away from it. In reality there is no Union movement in the US. Wealth inequality rivals any ancient empire. i think there have been people who have moved us away from this kind of inequality and at least today exploitation is done with a certain shame but that would be all. The essential remains that the landed Aristocracy have been replaced by a class of wealthy people who nearly cite the same source of their fortune: God, but stop at the myth of hard work. I really don't know what might have happened without the Industrial revolution and as I said, I like soap and central heating, but I don't think the argument is absolute. Our world is polluted maybe terminally, we kill more of each other than ever, the last few months in this country are no indication of an advanced way of life. But lets say the Industrial revolution was good. We have to acknowledge the degrading cost. We don't. These two comfortable affluent white guys blathering on about "growth" is just not very interesting or insightful. I don't avoid philosophy but this isn't philosophy. It is an analysis of how the market economies of the world work. That's all. They don't challenge this and I think it could be challenged. Philosophy is ethical, growth is anything but.
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Dikran Tulaine
Posted about 2 years ago
Erik Brynjolfsson: The key to growth? Race with the machines
I chose to hear it all and this is what i heard. I watched both arguments and i did get my thread from what I saw. Perhaps you did not but that doesn't mean it wasn't there. It is questionable that the Industrial Revolution raised the standard of living at all of those who produced it. Serfdom went up to town and was conducted in a much more squalid environment. Overall the picture both lecturers paint is based upon it's own logic. I agree on much of what both say but it is nothing new and it isn't working. We are having the same discussions we might have had before the Magna Carta. There is nothing philosophical about clean water, good health care and affordable education for as many people as possible, to me. It's just life. Growth or not.
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Dikran Tulaine
Posted about 2 years ago
Erik Brynjolfsson: The key to growth? Race with the machines
Actually no. I didn't see or hear either speaker say "economic" growth. I don't think no growth is a problem given how it is measured. The Industrial Revolution in the UK would be seen as huge growth. Truth it was utter misery for millions of people, the ones who created the wealth, far worse than the Depression, as it wasn't seen as aberration. I am not speaking of philosophical growth either. I am talking about quality of life for the greatest number of people and that is not factored into the grow equation. It may happen, by accident, but is not the end or definition of "growth." India is "growing: very fast but not for the average Indian.
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Dikran Tulaine
Posted about 2 years ago
Erik Brynjolfsson: The key to growth? Race with the machines
I suppose finally, happiness and contentment are the real enemies of growth. Western culture traps us in eternal adolescence always wanting more. More stuff, that hasn't enriched anyone's life. I like soap and central heating but they are not the big ticket items. "Growth" in both talks seems to mean money earned over cost of production, known, by any other name, as profit. Which can only further be defined as money in fewer pockets (if it were shared more equitably it wouldn't be profit) of people who had little involvement in creation of said profit. Do we imagine the four hundred years of no growth in the UK people were miserable, or rather, more miserable than today? I am no Luddite and love living today but i don't believe life stops when there is no growth. I know who does feel that way and i don't care about that miserable lot.