NASSIM TALEB ~ NO ~ VIA NEGATIVA ~ SKIN IN THE GAME ~ 2018

~ M-W-S ~ Muscles – Without – Strength

~ F-W-T ~ Friendship – Without – Trust

~ O-W-C ~ Opinion – Without – Consequence

~ C-W-A ~ Change – Without – Aesthetics

~ A-W-V ~ Age – Without – Values

~ L-W-E ~ Life – Without – Effort

~ W-W-T ~ Water – Without – Thirst

~ F-W-N ~ Food – Without – Nourishment

~ L-W-S ~ Love – Without – Sacrifice

~ P-W-F ~ Power – Without – Fairness

~ F-W-R ~ Facts – Without – Rigor

~ S-W-L ~ Statistics – Without – Logic

~ M-W-P ~ Mathematics – Without – Proof

~ T-W-E ~ Teaching – Without – Experience

~ P-W-W ~ Politeness – Without – Warmth

~ V-W-E ~ Values – Without – Embodiment

~ D-W-E ~ Degrees – Without – Erudition

~ M-W-F ~ Militarism – Without – Fortitude

~ P-W-C ~ Progress – Without – Civilization

~ F-W-I ~ Friendship – Without – Investment

~ V-W-R ~ Virtue – Without – Risk

~ P-W-E ~ Probability – Without – Ergodicity

~ W-W-E ~ Wealth – Without – Exposure

~ C-W-D ~ Complication – Without – Depth

~ F-W-C ~ Fluency – Without – Content

~ D-W-S ~ Decision – Without – Symmetry

~ S-W-S ~ Science – Without – Skepticism

~ R-W-T ~ Religion – Without – Tolerance

THOMAS FRANK ~ PITY THE BILLIONAIRE ~ 2011

~ SDA-B-BOTFOTP-NMBTD ~ Society’s Deterioration Accelerates – But – Blinking Out The Facts Of The Past – Nothing Matters But The Dream

~ WITPO-HW-O-SFAFDMASLHW-W-DFL-IS-P? ~ What Is The Point Of – Hard Work – Of – Scrapping For A Few Dollars More At Some Lousy Hourly Wage – When – Dishonest Financial Legerdemain – Is So –Profitable?

~ T-GOD-M-HBS-A-IMJ-TNAO-R-WF-C-CIIQ ~ The – Gospel Of Deregulation – Meanwhile – Had Become Such – An – Irresistible Methodological Juggernaut – That No Amount Of – Real-World Failure – Could – Call It Into Question

~ B-TB-A-B-A-J-RVCC-T-HPTTB-T-HDEW-TBCNBPTF-THTB-R-PU-DO-A-SBOITW-T-SABAFTHMF-AOA ~ But – Banks – And – Brokerages – And – Jerry-Rigged Venture Capital Concerns – That – Had Propelled The Tainted Boom — That – Had Done Everything Wrong — These Businesses Could Not Be Permitted To Fail – They Had To Be – Recapitalized – Propped Up – Dusted Off – And – Sent Back Out Into The World – To – Swagger And Bully And Fly That Huge Middle Finger – All Over Again

~ WHSU-ANPE-O-WTSC-’CH’ ~ We Have Stumbled Upon – A Nearly Perfect Example – Of – What The Sociologists Call – “Complete Horseshit”

CHRIS HEDGES ~ DAYS OF DESTRUCTION, DAYS OF REVOLT ~ 2012

~ TBT-HBAHS-SBRB-TDOTM-I-UF ~ The Belief That – Human Beings And Human Societies – Should Be Ruled By – The Demands Of The Marketplace – Is – Utopian Folly

~ TINI-HHOHN-TSTIT-SEBTFMLTASG-AY-WHPT-UBS-TDHWSO-E/L/E/C-AWA-HWT-TEOWWDFL ~ There Is Nothing In – Human History Or Human Nature – That Supports The Idea That – Sacrificing Everything Before The Free Market Leads To A Social Good – And Yet – We Have Permitted This – Utopian Belief System – To Determine How We Structure Our – Economy / Labor / Education / Culture – As Well As – How We Treat – The Ecosystem On Which We Depend For Life

~ EO-CO-NLBTWTU-TRIO-TSASS-F-C ~ Even Our – Corporate Overlords – No Longer Believe The Words They Utter – They Rely Instead On – The Security And Surveillance State – For – Control

~ TROD ~ The Rumble Of Dissent

DAVID WALLACE-WELLS ~ THE UNINHABITABLE EARTH ~ 2019

~ LAW ~ Life After Warming

~ IIW-MW-TYT ~ It Is Worse – Much Worse – Than You Think

~ TSOCCIAFT ~ The Slowness Of Climate Change Is A Fairy Tale

~ TEHE-FME-BTOWALTN ~ The Earth Has Experienced – Five Mass Extinctions – Before The One We Are Living Through Now

~ NJTBTT-HL-HEF-B-ATOAEDCAS-TSOHLI ~ Not Just The Biggest Threat – Human Life – Has Ever Faced – But – A Threat Of An Entirely Different Category And Scale – The Scale Of Human Life Itself

~ CR ~ Climate Refugees

~ TO-HN-ITHCOCAWAE-BR ~ The Optimists – Have Never – In The Half Century Of Climate Anxiety We’ve Already Endured – Been Right

~ TBLAONP ~ Too Busy Looking At Our New Phones

~ B-T-IPTMM-BF-TWOASLFNTWRDTR ~ But – Time – Is Perhaps The Most Mind-Bending Feature – The Worst Outcomes Arriving So Long From Now That We Reflexively Discount Their Reality

~ TEDWHU-SFAACAVRFOAFD-WPOOMM ~ The Ecological Dramas We Have Unleashed – Slowly For About A Century And Very Rapidly For Only A Few Decades – Will Play Out Over Many Millennia

~ TAFTM-UIOM-TT-PAG ~ There Are Far Too Many – Uncertainties In Our Models – To Take – Predictions As Gospel

~ SAOFWIA-BI-PP-B-A-P-PFTP-WBCOBWWCTD-N ~ Some Amount Of Further Warming Is Already – Baked In – Protracted Processes – But – All – Paths – Projected From The Present – Will Be Carved Overwhelmingly By What We Choose To Do – Now

~ B-IW-DN-A-CE-I-TNTY-L-TLTY-WRWBUBASWHTASATEOTC ~ But – If We – Do Nothing – About – Carbon Emissions – If – The Next Thirty Years – Like – The Last Thirty Years – Whole Regions Will Become Unlivable By Any Standard We Have Today As Soon As The End Of This Century

~ IIAHTBJHMHHAHQ ~ It Is Almost Hard To Believe Just How Much Has Happened And How Quickly

~ ‘FT’ ~ “Fire Tsunami”

~ CCIH ~ Climate Change Is Here

~ ‘ANN’-TTIAMS-TI-TEON;NNA ~ “A New Normal” – The Truth Is Actually Much Scarier – That Is – The End Of Normal; Never Normal Again

~ WHN-AA-AAANE ~ We Have Not – At All – Arrived At A New Equilibrium

~ ITCD-MOTMPCHWIHTLATRAR-TPO-EJ-‘CCS’ ~ In The Coming Decades – Many Of The Most Punishing Climate Horrors Will Indeed Hit Those Least Able To Respond And Recover – The Problem Of – Environmental Justice – “Climate Caste System”

~ T-COT-IA-C-T ~ The – Collapse Of Trust – Is A – Cascade – Too

~ HWTPG-IWABTCT-TDTFCC-MSOL ~ However Warm The Planet Gets – It Will Always Be The Case That – The Decade That Follows Could Contain – More Suffering Or Less

~ EOC ~ Elements Of Chaos

~ YDNNTC-W-CS-TB-A ~ You Do Not Need To Consider – Worst-Case Scenarios – To Become – Alarmed

~ TM-A-G-B-TKIIAM:WWWD? ~ The Models – Are – Good – But –- The Key Input Is A Mystery: What Will We Do?

~ TSILTL ~ The Sky Is Literally The Limit

~ ‘HI’E ~ “Heat Island” Effect

~ ACCIGB-U-TUO-HA ~ All Climate Change Is Governed By – Uncertainty – The Uncertainty Of – Human Action

~ CE ~ Cascading Effects

~ WNCOD ~ Whole New Categories Of Disaster

~ HOTWP-DO-SMFH-ESAI ~ Half Of The World’s Population – Depends On – Seasonal Melt From High-Elevation Snow And Ice

~ DO ~ Dying Oceans

~ ‘OA’ ~ “Ocean Acidification”

~ DIOO ~ Declines In Ocean Oxygen

~ DPA ~ Dangerously Polluted Air

~ M-P-ITO-T-F ~ More – Plastic – In The Ocean – Than – Fish

~ POW ~ Plagues Of Warming

~ TPI-NBFCC-VAEYL ~ The Planet’s Infrastructure – Not Built For Climate Change – Vulnerabilities Are Everywhere You Look

~ TW-S-WBDAUAI-P ~ The World’s – Suffering – Will Be Distributed As Unequally As Its – Profits

~ WNKT-IWB-M-M-M-E-T-NA ~ We Now Know That – It Will Be – Much – Much – More – Expensive – To – Not Act

~ M-W-TH-HBCOR-O-SR ~ Most – Wars – Throughout History – Have Been Conflicts Over Resources – Often – Resource Scarcity

~ T-EWE-AOMS-T-MH ~ Trauma – Extreme Weather Events – An Ongoing Mental Shock – To – Mental Health

~ TCK ~ The Climate Kaleidoscope

~ UD-YAY-NWD ~ Unambiguous Data – Year After Year – Nothing Was Done

~ T-CCDE-A-FII-APTMWPCIEIC-IAOIHI ~ That – Climate Change Demands Expertise – And – Faith In It – At Precisely The Moment When Public Confidence In Expertise Is Collapsing – Is Another Of Its Historical Ironies

~ FFS ~ Fossil Fuel Subsidies

~ FP-WAMIBTMWCTTWI ~ Frankenstein Problem – We Are More Intimidated By The Monsters We Create Than Those We Inherit

~ NE ~ Negative Emissions

~ MCT-AP-CITA-TIIT-TIO ~ Much Cheaper To – Avoid Putting – Carbon Into The Atmosphere – Than It Is To – Take It Out

~ TCOT ~ The Church Of Technology

~ POC ~ Politics Of Consumption

~ WKOPALTEATPOGR? ~ What Kind Of Politics Are Likely To Evolve After The Promise Of Growth Recedes?

~ MM ~ Mass Migrations

~ OGAOCT ~ Our Golden Age Of Conspiracy Theory

~ DD ~ DoomsDayism

~ A-TD-T-CD-B-TDCH-B ~ About – Three Decades – To – Completely Decarbonize – Before – Truly Devastating Climate Horrors – Begin

~ TAP:HMWWD-A-HQ? ~ The Anthropic Principle: How Much Will We Do – And – How Quickly?

JOHN MCMURTRY ~ VALUE WARS ~ 2002

~ TGM-V-TLE ~ The Global Market – Versus – The Life Economy

~ WGATGOC-IEA-NC-O-A-AHA ~ What Goes Against The Grain Of Conditioning – Is Experienced As – Not Credible – Or – As – A Hostile Act

~ WB? ~ Who Benefits?

~ ASO-MA-IEDIFCGWWDNB ~ A Structure Of – Mindless Absolutism – Is Easily Detectable In Fanatical Cults To Which We Do Not Belong

~ ED ~ Economic Determinism

~ TCOFIRBTEROCASAFVOWTCT ~ The Closure Of Fanaticism Is Revealed By – Repetition Of Certitudes – And – Simultaneous Abolition From View Of Whatever Truth Contradicts Them

~ S-SFF-W-TIROT ~ Slogans – Substitute For Fact – Without – The Inhibiting Reflection Of Thought

~ UIIPAF ~ Universal Insecurity Is Proclaimed As Freedom

~ FINCOS-R ~ Fanaticism Is Not Capable Of Self-Recognition

~ WO-URBF-PCATFI-I-MAPFE-AAMOCDF ~ Whatever Obstructs – Universal Rule By For-Profit Corporations And Transnational Financial Institutions – Is – Marked And Pursued For Extinction – As A Matter Of Consistent Documentable Fact

~ ITE-TETOTM-I-TSOIAWO ~ In The End – The Economic Theology Of The Market – Is – The Soul Of Its Absolutist World Order

~ WOTPHBPLAO-WVG ~ War On The Poor Has Been Packaged Like A One-Way Video Game

~ SO-SD-F-SLD-I-TOMOTGCS ~ Severance Of – Strategic Decision – From – Systematic Life Devastation – Is – The Organising Meaning Of The Global Corporate System

~ F-T-OI-FO ~ Free Trade – Oligopolist Intra-Firm Operations

~ G-TC ~ Globalisation – Transnational Corporatisation

~ D-SOELS ~ Development – Stripping Of Evolved Life Systems

~ SMRTTCAN-OE ~ Still More Rights To Transnational Corporations And No-One Else

~ TRTKAMPPTPRPP ~ The Right To Kill And Maim Poor People To Protect Rich People’s Property

~ TPW-MF-TDTOOT-IT-IIDFSLC ~ The Problem With – Market Fundamentalism – The Dominant Theology Of Our Time – Is That – It Is Decoupled From Society’s Life Conditions

~ FOPBF ~ Fear Of People Being Free

~ US-CRATMM-CMUPBA ~ Upbeat Slogans – Ceaselessly Repeated Across The Mass Media – Can Make Unthinking People Believe Anything

~ TBL-DNS-SLAIINO ~ The Big Lie – Does Not Stop – So Long As It Is Not Opposed

~ BL-GBATAITT-A-OBL-BOTN-RTCFAATOL ~ Big Lies – Grow Bigger As They Are Instituted Through Time – And – One Big Lie – Builds Onto The Next – Restructuring The Cultural Fabric As A Tissue Of Lies

~ WPE-WWOABFBBRAAAOET ~ Without Public Exposure – What Was Once A Breathtaking Falsehood Becomes By Repetition An Accepted Assumption Of Everyday Thought

~ EIIAS-I-TIAN-AS ~ Every Issue Is Already Settled – In – The Inevitable And No-Alternative System

~ TCOTM ~ The Cult Of Technological Miracles

~ TPVTG-NOPATCO-IAPTCFPBAFI-TAEUPCIDTTPBTPTVC-A-CP-WTBH-IE-SFTSAOGBPN-TSOPPHBS-A-PBTIBDTGCACCAA-‘IITE’-A-HPCO-‘I’ ~ The Public Via Their Governments – Not Only Pay All The Costs Of – Instituting And Protecting The Currency For Private Banks And Financial Institutions – They Also End Up Paying Compounding Interest Debts To These Private Banks To Provide The Very Currency-And-Credit Powers – Which These Banks Have – In Effect – Stolen From The Sovereign Authority Of Governments Beneath Public Notice – The Surrender Of Public Power Has Been Silent – And – Pushed By The Incoherent Banker Dogma That Government Currency And Credit Creation Are An – “interference In The Economy” – And – Have Perilous Consequences Of – “Inflation”

~ LMTYDHTO-A-CCIOWYDHTLIOO-SAWODTSTADOSF-WBAMCCFAOAITM-B-PBCSCCPBPTM ~ Loaning Money That You Don’t Have To Others – And – Collecting Compounded Interest On What You Don’t Have To Lend In Organised Off-Set Arrangements With Others Doing The Same To Avoid Detection Of Short Funds – Would Be A Major Criminal Conspiracy For All Other Agents In The Market – But – Private Banks Control Society’s Currency Creation Powers By Precisely This Method

~ IINCHALT-100%-CR-F-PLMFP-IRFAMS-LTOBSOHOHBEWFIINARTOCDIACOLPR ~ It Is Not Clear How Any Less Than – 100 Per Cent – Cash Reserve – For – Privately Loaned Money For Profit – Is Reasonable From A Market Standpoint – Lending To Others Beyond Savings One Has Or Has Been Entrusted With For Investment Is Not A Right That One Can Discover In Any Constitution Or Legal Property Right

~ TINFIHTRA-TMEBPBOTPPOMCAD ~ There Is No Fraud In History That Remotely Approaches – The Monopoly Expropriation By Private Banks Of The Public Power Of Money Creation And Dissolution

~ T-MP-BW-GTIIR-I-T-MTFWL-A-T-MTFMC ~ The – Master Principle – By Which – Government Taxation Is Increasingly Ruled – Is – To – Maximise Taxation For Working Lives – And – To – Minimise Taxation For Money Capital

~ ROAWPBCAACOTSOTP-ITSMTHT-I-A-AGPWFF-LES-II-IF-AROASC-ICUTW-A-RWM ~ Recycling Of All Waste Produced By Corporations As A Condition Of The Sale Of Their Products – In The Society’s Market That Hosts Them – Is – Again – A Generalisable Principle Which Follows From – Life Economy Standards – It Is – In Fact – A Requirement Of Any Sustainable Civilization – It Cleans Up The Waste – And – Recovers Wasted Materials

~ N-FM-HEEOCEW-CGRASR-T-I/C/P-PR-T-GIMOE-AT-PISIASOA-P/A/P ~ No – Free Market – Has Ever Existed Or Can Exist Without – Continuous Government Regulation And Subsidising Resources – To – Institute / Codify / Protect – Property Relations – To – Guarantee Its Medium Of Exchange – And To – Provide Its Social Infrastructure And Security Of Agents – Police / Armies / Prisons

~ TRWIBH-B-S-OSAMMT-R ~ The Reality Wall Is Being Hit – But – Still – Only Slogans And Magical Market Thinking – Rule

~ ST-TFS-ISRF-OSDAA-WDCEAITATER-ATINA-A-L-A-DPFTW ~ Since The – Transnational Financial System – Is Systematically Responsible For – One Structural Disaster After Another – With Deepening Catastrophic Effects And Incapacity To Adapt To Economic Reality – A Turnaround Is Needed As – A – Life-And-Death Priority For The World

~ ‘OD’-A-TPO-NS-I-JTLRODCUOOATWOTCOTPI ~ “Odious Debt” – And – The Principles Of – National Sovereignty – Itself – Justify The Legitimate Repudiation Of Debt Contracted Under Oppression Or Against The Will Or The Consent Of The People Indebted

~ IFI-WNABT-TDBI-S-TEOMAVTATS-WNCTANPFOAPFAA ~ International Financial Instrument – With No Accountability Beyond Themselves – Their Defining Behaviour Is – Short-Term Exploitation Of Margins And Vulnerable Takeover Assets To Strip – With No Commitment To Any New Productive Function Or Any Productive Function At All

~ FCTR-WDT-L-PR-MBTSMICAOA-‘IR-BE’-W-OWS-ATPO-IT-TCBNDO-CEC ~ Few Still Connected To Reality – Would Disagree That – Life-Protective Regulation – May Be The Single Most Important Constructive Achievement Of Any – “International Rules-Based Economy” – Without – Obligatory World Standards – As The Priority Of – International Trade – There Can Be No Doubt Of – Cumulative Ecological Catastrophe

~ IR-TFC-T-TCM-P-I-NB-TDOATO-A-PLONO-DMS-A-NRC ~ In Reality – The Free Competition – That – The Classical Market – Prescribes – Is – Nullified By – The Dominance Of A Transnational Oligopoly – Against – Prior Laws Of National Ownership – Domestic Market Share – And – Natural Resource Control

~ LS-I-LE ~ Life Standards – In – Life Economy

~ TPO-OTTP-IRF-RFTF-IA-GP ~ The Principle Of – Obligation To The Public – In Return For – Rights From The Public – Is A – Generalisable Principle

JOHN MCMURTRY ~ THE LIFE ECONOMY MANIFESTO ~ VALUE WARS ~ 2002

~ PA-O-CACC-B-100%-RFPI-BL ~ Public Accountability – Of – Currency And Credit Creation – By – 100 Per Cent – Reserves For Private Interest-Bearing Loans

~ PAA-O-IF-LC-IR-A-TL-TSF-LCF ~ Public Authority’s Allocation – Of – Investment Funds – Loan Credits – Interest Rates – And – Taxation Levels – To Select For – Life Capital Formation

~ IRTE-O-COCCC ~ Internalisation Rather Than Externalisation – Of – Costs Of Corporate Commodity Cycles

~ NCI-A-W-B/I-B-I-T-MAATTEOE ~ Natural Capital Inventories – And – Well-Being/Ill-Being – Indexes – To – Measure And Achieve The True Efficiencies Of Economies

~ IOAICCH-T-PAOTNOEOSN ~ Institution Of An International Currency Clearing House – To – Prevent Attacks On The Means Of Exchange Of Sovereign Nations

~ ROATTAIRWAROSN ~ Repeal Of All Transnational Trade And Investment Rules Which Abolish Rights Of Sovereign Nations

~ BE-PS ~ Binding Environmental-Protection Standards

~ ICC-BAPSOIAC-T-CW-MLASSS-CCEP-ISOPCAB-MLOCT-MLOMS-A-ICL ~ International Corporate Charters – Binding All Parties Selling Or Investing Across Borders – To – Comply With – Minimum Labour And Social Security Standards – Commodity Cycle Environmental Protections – International Standards Of Public Communications Across Borders – Minimum Levels Of Corporate Taxation – Maximum Levels Of Market Share – And – International Criminal Law

~ ALANB-SBH-CR-IAW-ISOL-CSAD ~ All Loans Across National Borders – Secured By Hard-Currency Reserves – In Accordance With – International Standards Of Life-Capital Security And Development

THOMAS HOMER-DIXON ~ THE UPSIDE OF DOWN ~ 2006

~ W-STCMABD-AW-IITKWSTMAWD-PTFBFD-TIETOHA ~ When – Small Things Can Make A Big Difference – And When – It’s Impossible To Know Which Small Things Matter And Which Don’t – Predicting The Future Becomes Formidably Difficult – This Is Especially True Of Human Affairs

~ TBO-CS-H-S/E/P-IOES-T-S-T-F-A-TWOL-AT-S-T/E/P/E-D ~ The Behavior Of – Complex Systems – Human – Social / Economic / Political – Is Often Extremely Sensitive – To – Serendipity – To – Fad – And – The Whims Of Leadership – And To – Sudden – Technological / Economic / Political / Environmental – Developments

~ WCKE-WOH-A-CS-TCAOL-WCA-CT-A-FTANMOB ~ We Can’t Know Exactly – When Or How – Any – Complex System – That Crucially Affects Our Lives – Will Cross A – Critical Threshold – And – Flip To A New Mode Of Behavior

~TWEHN-PB ~ The World Economy Has No – Plan B

~ ‘ST’-ADIOPOAEOSCD-AOU-ISIOP-LTCOEOSC ~ “Stress Triggering” – A Disturbance In One Part Of An Economy Or Society Can Dramatically – And Often Unexpectedly – Increase Stress In Other Parts – Leading To Cascades Of Economic Or Social Change

~ IPC-ASAPMAACALPOT-L/W/F-WMPHATVL-TWE-HLII-ROPTL-STLB-EDATSROC ~ In Poor Countries – A Small And Powerful Minority Almost Always Controls A Large Portion Of The – Land / Water / Forests – While Most People Have Access To Very Little – The Wealthy Elites – Have Little Interest In – Replanting Or Protecting The Land – So They Leave Behind – Ecological Devastation And The Shattered Remnants Of Communities

~ LNO-RPP-W-CGT-C/W/FW-TN-BTRADOBECT-MTTSNEMCIPC ~ Large Numbers Of – Rural Poor People – Who – Can’t Get The – Cropland / Water / Fuel Wood – They Need – Because These Resources Are Degraded Or Because Elites Control Them – Move To The Slums Now Engulfing Most Cities In Poor Countries

~ WNSLIONASPWOTTWBA-PF ~ We’re Now So Large In Our Numbers And So Powerful With Our Technologies That We’ve Become A – Planetary Force

~ ALFAW-WCGGWFO-B-DDNC ~ At Least For A While – We Can Generate Great Wealth For Ourselves – By – Drawing Down Nature’s Capital

~ P-B/W/F/B-STBISD ~ Pollinators – Bees / Wasps / Flies / Butterflies – Seem To Be In Steep Decline

~ MOO-EE-RHQATPEW-BISTS-A-BTGBTTATSTT-S-I/G/D-TCTOAAEFSVACOMITRUSOOS ~ Members Of Our – Economic Elite – Rarely Have Qualms About The Prevailing Economic Worldview – Because It Sustains Their Status – And – Because They Generally Believe That They’ve Achieved That Status Through Their – Superior – Intelligence / Guts / Drive – The Conviction That One’s Advantages Are Entirely Fair Seems Virtually A Condition Of Membership In The Rarefied Upper Strata Of Our Societies

~ TS-LAP-IONAMDW-H-WNTOOMTTPOFCIOL ~ To Survive – Let Alone Prosper – In Our New And More Dangerous World – However – We Need To Open Our Minds To The Possibility Of Fundamental Change In Our Lives

~ SORTTPBITC ~ Societies Often Respond To Their Problems By Increasing Their Complexity

~ WAFEECE-WMAAHATITAFTE ~ When A Favorite Explanation Encounters Contradictory Evidence – We Make An Ad Hoc Adjustment To It To Account For This Evidence

~ WO-IEME-TM-APOTWTAVWR ~ We Often – Invest Enormous Mental Energy – To Maintain – A Perspective On The World That’s At Variance With Reality

~ OCSODATSOOS-AAABPSITBFTSQ-KUFRSWHORCOPOWMF ~ Our Chronic State Of Denial About The Seriousness Of Our Situation – Aided And Abetted By Powerful Special Interests That Benefit From The Status Quo – Keeps Us From Really Seeing What’s Happening Or Really Considering Other Paths Our World Might Follow

~ EEIETSR ~ Exuberant Experimentation – Is Essential To – Social Resilience

~ ALASMCIITPIAS-B-IMCBRAPATPE ~ A Large And Successful Middle Class Is Important To Peace In Any Society – Because – It Moderates Conflict Between Rich And Poor And Tempers Political Extremism

~ WO-I/H/S-TT-WSHD-O-NE-EM-PI-A-OCAGA-ID? ~ Will Our – Incaution / Hubris / Stupidity – Transform Things – We Should Hold Dear – Our – Natural Environment – Engineering Marvels – Political Institutions – And – Our Culture And Great Art – Into Dust?

~ OCITPTSQ-BR-TAT-TI-A-SFTB-AWOCC ~ Our Challenge Isn’t To Preserve The Status Quo – But Rather – To Adapt To – Thrive In – And – Shape For The Better – A World Of Constant Change

~ IEEITW-TPOH-BE-FTI-EATFOGWL-TC-T-O-CAG ~ In Every Economy In The World – The Price Of Hydrocarbon-Based Energy – Fails To Incorporate – Even A Tiny Fraction Of Global Warning’s Long-Term Cost – To – Our Children And Grandchildren

~ WNTBCW-CC-RS-AE-B-B-TANIFOOW-A-WMCAAWVOF ~ We Need To Be Comfortable With – Constant Change – Radical Surprise – And Even – Breakdown – Because – These Are Now Inevitable Features Of Our World – And – We Must Constantly Anticipate A Wide Variety Of Futures

~ WNTEOISTWCCTUACTI ~ We Need To Exercise Our Imaginations So That We Can Challenge The Unchallengeable And Conceive The Inconceivable

~ I-AIUADW-WSSGU-EEAP-IOTG-R ~ In – An Increasingly Uncertain And Dangerous World – We Should Sometimes Give Up – Extra Efficiency And Productivity – In Order To Gain – Resilience

~ WCKEW-B-WLL-A-WDKWIWH-B-WCSSFONHWR ~ We Can’t Know Exactly What – Breakdown – Will Look Like – And – We Don’t Know When It Will Happen – But – We Can Still Start Figuring Out Now How We’ll Respond

~ PWAEFAHDIAKOPSWE ~ People Who Aren’t Extremists Face A Huge Disadvantage In Any Kind Of Political Struggle With Extremists

~ ARO-GP-ANR-TO-T-PP-FWCO-V/I/P-SB-SU-A-BW-DMI ~ At Root Our – Global Problems – Are Not Really – Technical Ones – They’re – Political Problems – Fraught With Conflicts Over – Values / Interests / Power – Surrounded By – Scientific Uncertainty – And – Burdened With – Deep Moral Implications

CHARLES WRIGHT MILLS ~ THE POWER ELITE ~ 1956

~ TPE-AIP-TMDHMC ~ The Power Elite – Are In Positions – To Make Decision Having Major Consequences

~ TE-OAGSOSPUIAB-HBDB-TOTHGC-AAPI-WT-HTKTED ~ The Economy – Once A Great Scatter Of Small Productive Units In Autonomous Balance – Has Become Dominated By – Two Or Three Hundred Giant Corporations – Administratively And Politically Interrelated – Which Together – Hold The Keys To Economic Decisions

~ TPO-O-D-HBA-C-E-E-WHTUIIMPPS-A-NEIEAECOTSS ~ The Political Order – Once – Decentralized – Has Become A – Centralized – Executive – Establishment – Which Has Taken Up Into Itself Many Powers Previously Scattered – And – Now Enters Into Each And Every Crany Of The Social Structure

~ TINL-OTOH-AE-A-OTOH-APOCAME-TIA-PE-L-IATW-W-MIAD-A-PWE-B-A-PIE-IAPV ~ There Is No Longer – On The One Hand – An Economy – And – On The Other Hand – A Political Order Containing A Military Establishment – There Is A – Political Economy – Linked – In A Thousand Ways – With – Military Institutions And Decisions – A – Permanent War Establishment – By – A – Privately Incorporated Economy – Inside A Political Vacuum

~ T-TFOPAEEADC-MT-TDOSGANMC ~ That – The Facilities Of Power Are Enormously Enlarged And Decisively Centralized – Means That – The Decisions Of Small Groups Are Now More Consequential

~ T-PC-ITCRO-TSSO-ASTMAFOC ~ The – Professional Celebrity – Is The Crowning Result Of – The Star System Of – A Society That Makes A Fetish Of Competition

~ VITFSOPATFROTWWCI ~ Violence Is The Final Support Of Power And The Final Resort Of Those Who Would Contest It

~ AECAPWP;ICRPWR ~ An Elite Cannot Acquire Prestige Without Power; It Cannot Retain Prestige Without Reputation

~ ATW-TUWCBD-A-TAHKC ~ Along The Way – The Unstraightforward Ways Can Be Delegated – And – The Appropriator’s Hands Kept Clean

~ WNOTTPI-B-TAT-MNOFG-‘GW’ ~ Wealth Not Only Tends To Perpetuate Itself – But – Tends Also To – Monopolize New Opportunities For Getting “Great Wealth”

~ TAOAATVT-PTVCOPATVB-FTCOAIPRAWAOO:JATLOLCASPPALOIAALOS-C ~ The Accumulation Of Advantages At The Very Top – Parallels The Vicious Cycle Of Poverty At The Very Bottom – For The Cycle Of Advantages Includes Psychological Readiness As Well As Objective Opportunities: Just As The Limitations Of Lower Class And Status Position Produce A Lack Of Interest And A Lack Of Self-Confidence

~ TCF TOCOCGWODTTAOOATFBITOOTDS-EALOASOF-A-C-P-F-CTNOTWTS ~ The Confident Feeling That One Can Of Course Get What One Desires Tends To Arise Out Of And To Feed Back Into The Objective Opportunities To Do So – Energetic Aspiration Lives Off A Series Of Successes – And – Continual – Petty – Failure – Cuts The Nerve Of The Will To Succeed

~ TWHRI-TVR-HB-EPAMOIC-WHBIP-PTTAFPU-OOTAOA ~ Those Who Have Risen Into – The Very Rich – Have Been – Economic Politicians And Members Of Important Cliques – Who Have Been In Positions – Permitting Them To Appropriate For Personal Uses – Out Of The Accumulation Of Advantages

~ T-BT-O-F-OWOA-AIOTMDTAR-ITTNBN-EX-A-CNTIP ~ The – Big Three – Or – Four – One Way Or Another – Are In On The Major Decisions That Are Rendered – In This There Need Be No – Explicit Conspiracy – And – Certainly None That Is Provable

~ TGAIOTC-A-ENOID-A-SAOTCOI-TUOOAP ~ The Growth And Interconnections Of The Corporations – An – Elaborate Network Of Interlocking Directorships – A – Sociological Anchor Of The Community Of Interest – The Unification Of Outlook And Policy

~ THI-TGWOOVATOOI-HNIAPC-OTC-THBMOACIAASHO ~ The Higher Immorality – The General Weakening Of Older Values And The Organization Of Irresponsibility – Have Not Involved Any Public Crises – On The Contrary – They Have Been Matters Of A Creeping Indifference And A Silent Hollowing Out

~ AMD-IIS-CAMOS ~ A Million Dollars – It Is Said – Covers A Multitude Of Sins

~ IASIWTM-MHHNSRFRAH-TW-‘P’-CTM-UFPG-A-‘CS’-TSTGAF ~ In A Society In Which The Money-Maker Has Had No Serious Rival For Repute And Honor – The Word – “Practical” – Comes To Mean – Useful For Private Gain – And – “Common Sense” – The Sense To Get Ahead Financially

~ IITPCOTHC-TTMAE-S-M-TITS-IATW-PM-PPOTIBOA ~ It Is The Proud Claim Of The Higher Circles – That Their Members Are Entirely – Self-Made – That Is Their Self-Image And Their Well-Publicized Myth – Popular Proof Of This Is Based On Anecdotes

~ KINLWFAAI-IISAAI-IA-SOPAW-KIVA-AIOPAW-AA-OC-A-AOIC ~ Knowledge Is No Longer Widely Felt As An Ideal – It Is Seen As An Instrument – In A – Society Of Power And Wealth – Knowledge Is Valued As – An Instrument Of Power And Wealth – And Also – Of Course – As – An Ornament In Conversation

~ MAM-TAO-TOS-E-AWATAO-TSLIOTWMDIP-WTP-NBCOE-INTK ~ More And More – The Area Of – The Official Secret – Expands – As Well As The Area Of – The Secret Listening In On Those Who Might Divulge In Public – What The Public – Not Being Composed Of Experts – Is Not To Know

~ TESODC-TPATUOAW-HBM-WAGPD-A-TFNTEITDIHBO-H/D/ELA ~ The Entire Sequence Of Decisions Concerning – The Production And The Use Of Atomic Weaponry – Has Been Made – Without Any Genuine Public Debate – And – The Facts Needed To Engage In That Debate Intelligently Have Been Officially – Hidden / Distorted / Even Lied About

~ PC-‘OS’ ~ Politically Convenient – “Official Secrets”

~ PC-F-TWMPD-O-WWHUVTISD-MP-MAM-TOTQO-MAM-W-CPAA-HCTE ~ Public Communications – From – Those Who Make Powerful Decisions – Or – Who Would Have Us Vote Them Into Such Decision-Making Places – More And More – Take On Those Qualities Of – Mindlessness And Myth – Which – Commercial Propaganda And Advertising – Have Come To Exemplify

JAMES RINEHART ~ THE TYRANNY OF WORK ~ 2005 ~ 171

~ WAASP ~ Work As A Social Problem

~ WHABACHAAOTDHBFAOFOL ~ Work Has Always Been A Central Human Activity And One That Differentiates Human Beings From All Other Forms Of Life

~ T-EAOSALO-TOTWHOTJ-WPDDTHOPTTVCOTP ~ Today – Employed Adults Ordinarily Spend At Least One-Third Of Their Waking Hours On The Job – What People Do During These Hours Often Penetrates To The Very Core Of Their Personalities

~ WCOASO-AOM-ICBASO-POS-AATCSALPOTCHBSOINSOL ~ Work Can Offer A Sense Of – Accomplishment Or Meaninglessness – It Can Be A Source Of – Pride Or Shame – An Activity That Consumes Such A Large Portion Of Time Cannot Help But Spill Over Into Nonwork Spheres Of Life

~ RFTD-T-DOOTLF-GPF-O-WWBMDAI-T-ACO-MP ~ Responsibility For The Day-To-Day Operations Of The Large Firm – Gradually Passed From – Owners – Who Were Becoming More Distant And Imperious – To – A Cadre Of – Management Personnel

~ NFO-HR-OWINMCC-HRM(HRM)-CA-A-MC-‘D’-A-P-TLP-B-RAR-OIAP ~ New Forms Of – Human Relations – Or What Is Now More Commonly Called – Human Resources Management (HRM) – Constantly Appear – As – Management Consultants – “Discover” – And – Promote – The Latest Panaceas – By – Repackaging And Renaming – Old Ideas And Practices

~ OT-CA-C-WP-ETRSMOEASJ ~ Only Through – Collective Action – Can – Working People – Expect To Receive Some Measure Of Economic And Social Justice

ROBERT FRANK ~ THE ECONOMIC NATURALIST’S FIELD GUIDE ~ 2010

~ PTWOCT-SJMTACWTAV-B-TINSC-GTR-OBOITHAICA-WSWWFGTP-A-WSBTTPFT ~ Perhaps Those Who Oppose Compulsory Taxation – Should Just Move To A Country Where Taxes Are Voluntary – But – There Is No Such Country – Given That Reality – Our Best Option Is To Have An Intelligent Conversation About – What Services We Want For Government To Provide – And – Who Should Be Taxed To Pay For Them

~ C-RS-TN-PSAHM-ETTMSTTFTAMORITLR-ITSR-BRCTOAEY-MOTF ~ Citing – Revenue Shortfalls – The Nation – Postpones Street And Highway Maintenance – Even Though That Means Spending Two To Five Times As Much On Repairs In The Long Run – In The Short Run – Bad Roads Cause Thousands Of Accidents Each Year – Many Of Them Fatal

~ TNS-IM-WEUTETWIO-OBOTWIUAW ~ The Narrow Self-Interest Model – Which Encourages Us To Expect The Worst In Others – Often Brings Out The Worst In Us As Well

~ S-I-IAIHM-PETMIMMOTT-B-IINTOIM ~ Self-Interest – Is An Important Human Motive – Perhaps Even The Most Important Motive Much Of The Time – But – It Is Never The Only Important Motive

~ AC-WAGNBTCI-CE-CEHAT-TAR-RSTTTRM ~ Any Country – With A Government Not Beholden To Corporate Interests – Could Easily – Curb Environmentally Harmful Activities Through – Taxation And Regulation – Redirecting Spending Toward Things That Really Matter

~ WWM-I-WWD ~ What We Measure – Influences – What We Do

~ WDWN:BCOBS? ~ Which Do We Need: Bigger Cars Or Better Schools?