Monday, October 6, 2014

Link of the Week

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”   ― E.F. Schumacher

This week’s Link of the Week is a podcast from the McAlvany Weekly Commentary, a long running program touching mostly on economics, geopolitics, and current events.  This I picked in particular because of the guest, Dr. Joseph Tainter, the author of the book The Collapse of Complex Societies.  His book and his work delves into the role that complexity has in the success and failure of societies, and how societies over time tend to increase in complexity to such a degree that it introduces a fragility into the system, making them vulnerable to shocks and events that they would have shrugged off in years past in a simpler state.  Something worth pondering given the unprecedented complexity that represents modern Western society and economies…

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