"System change is now inevitable. Either because we do something about it, or because we will be hit by climate change. '...

"We need to develop economic models that are fit for purpose. The current economic frameworks, the ones that dominate our governments, these frameworks... the current economic frameworks, the neoclassical, the market frameworks, can deal with small changes. It can tell you the difference, if a sock company puts up the price of socks, what the demand for socks will be. It cannot tell you about the sorts of system level changes we are talking about here. We would not use an understanding of laminar flow in fluid dynamics to understand turbulent flow. So why is it we are using marginal economics, small incremental change economics, to understand system level changes?"

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Walking Considered Weird

A readable article, flickering somewhere between respectful and mildly condescending, about a journalism professor appears in the Austin Statesman, focusing largely on the man's refusal to own a car. Living without a car, in Texas, constitutes news. One of the reader comments reads
"In the classroom we heard about his unique way of life. I guess I thought it was weird at the time, but consistently living according to one's own standards and convictions is something to be admired. Plus I bet his health care bills are next to nothing!"
On this score, This small city in Russia is very weird.

1 comment:

James Annan said...

To be fair, I think for a university (assoc) prof to be picking his shoes out of the trash is reasonably considered somewhat eccentric. I agree with you that the strong focus on him not having a car is a bit odd. Something like 30% of households in the UK don't have a car (as high as 60% in urban areas). Of course I'm sure figures for the USA are lower, but even so it can hardly be unheard-of.

As for walking 3 1/2 miles - a bicycle would surely be more sensible :-)