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    A comment on Talk: Michael Porter: Why business can be good at solving social problems

    Oct 8 2013: For business to actually solve this kind of problem requires a pretty fundamental reconceptualization of the capitalist ethos.
  • A reply on Talk: Andrew McAfee: What will future jobs look like?

    Jun 19 2013: ... for values of "we" equivalent to upper-middle-class educated first-world residents....
  • A reply on Talk: Andrew McAfee: What will future jobs look like?

    Jun 19 2013: That was the dumbest, glibbest line in the whole talk. He clearly has very little understanding of information ecology.
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    A reply on Talk: Andrew McAfee: What will future jobs look like?

    Jun 19 2013: That you even reference genetics makes your comment pretty suspect. How many generations do you think it would take to create a significant difference between the Bills & the Teds? Now factor in a massive deck-reshuffling, such as the one we achieved in 19th/20th century North America, and we're talking about two, three generations of somewhat-wealth-bounded breeding exclusivity, maximum.

    It just doesn't wash. There's no genetics here. Nature/nurture fundamentals aside, the math just doesn't support a 'nature' component, here -- there's no good reason to suppose that there's anything at work here but social factors.
  • A reply on Talk: Andrew McAfee: What will future jobs look like?

    Jun 19 2013: I fear your comment will be dismissed as mere pessimism.
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    A reply on Talk: Andrew McAfee: What will future jobs look like?

    Jun 19 2013: not in the usual senses of those terms. Economic developments in the US presage the future: A return to sharp class stratification marked by inaccessible opportunities in the lower echelons and outsize privilege in the upper.

    Dare we call it a "new serfdom"?

    The irony that Hayek's prescription is leading to exactly what he claimed to want to avoid should never be allowed to be forgotten or ignored.
  • A comment on Talk: Andrew McAfee: What will future jobs look like?

    Jun 19 2013: I note the conspicuous absence of an acknowledgement that it's a global economy driven increasingly by non-first-world challenges....
  • A comment on Talk: Lawrence Lessig: Laws that choke creativity

    Mar 21 2009: carl moore: "Does culture belong to the participants, or the creators?"

    The distinction between cultural "consumers" or "participants" and cultural "creators" is artificial. With regard to culture, by definition the participants are the creators.
    As my wife likes to tell her students, not-acting is a choice, and choices are actions.

    Art is a whole different question. Art is not culture.
  • A comment on Talk: Stewart Brand: What squatter cities can teach us

    Jun 12 2007: BTW, this appears to be a rehash/refinement of Brand's Long Now talk from April 2005 [13.6MB MP3]. That one, as I recall, was a little less happy-nonsense and more about the practical ramifications.
  • A comment on Talk: Stewart Brand: What squatter cities can teach us

    Jun 12 2007: "There's no unemployment in squatter cities. Everyone works."

    Because if you don't (or can't), you die.

    Brand is right, I think, about the reasons people move to cities. What he misses is their capacity for self-delusion in their efforts to justify that move, post facto.

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