Tag Archives: Economics

How the Rentier Economy Destroys Artistic Quality

Society is in denial. Flat out, head-in-the-sand denial. The consequence of our collective refusal to believe in the truth of the situation is a hollowing out of cultural life, a diminution of the ability to see the situation with undistorted … Continue reading

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Moving the Overton Window

We all look through it, but like glass, we don’t see it. We don’t even see the width of the frame or how it is centred, but it constrains what we see and how we see it just as surely … Continue reading

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The Neuroscience of Armageddon

A cursory study of rudimentary neuroscience makes uncomfortable reading. It suggests, with strong evidence, that the way we think makes us ill-suited to thrive in the modern world. In fact, our thought patterns and mental blind spots imperil us all. … Continue reading

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Hunted to Extinction

David Suzuki, the octogenarian, Canadian academic, science broadcaster and environmentalist, recently posted a very interesting video.  In it, he asserted that economics is brain damaged.  He’s probably right.  What has this got to do with artists and innovators, though? The … Continue reading

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The Idealist – A Social Pariah

One of the surest ways, in this world, to lose friends and fail to influence anybody, is to be an idealist.  Idealists are treated like lepers once were.  They’re socially excluded.  Nobody wants to engage in debate with them.  Their … Continue reading

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Bureaucracy, Violence, Coercion, Imagination and Art

Bureaucracy is everywhere and it is anathema to artistic thinking, freedom and to people with an imaginative turn of mind.  Everything is regulated, controlled, cross-referenced, aggregated, profiled, correlated and analysed.  Our every keystroke and mouse click is dissected and no … Continue reading

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What Humans Aren’t

I’ve been a human being for over a half a century now and in that time, you learn some fundamental things.  One of the things I have learnt, for which I can find no compelling counter arguments, is something that … Continue reading

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