"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?"

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Be It Ever So Inconvenient


Mon pays malheureux, mon regard languissant vers toi se portera.

via Midnight Poutine. The redbuds are budding here in Texas, and it won't be long before we see the bluebonnets. Yet, I'm homesick sometimes for an icy city that has never been kind to me, and rarely enough to anyone else.

Go figure the human soul, nostalgic for a crowded frozen rock in a frozen river on such a beautiful spring day.

6 comments:

Adam said...

I guess one can be homesick for anywhere: I'm homesick for Texas.

Lou Grinzo said...

I'm homesick for the cozy confines of my own naivete about so many energy and environmental issues. As the saying goes, I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

But only sometimes. I know that there's no safety in ignorance, merely delusion. Still...

Simon Donner said...

For those who don't get the quote:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Un_Canadien_errant

Michael Tobis said...

Adam, this time of year it's quite reasonable to be nostalgic for Texas.

Missing Montreal in March, though, especially after a snowy winter, is diagnosable.

Chris Pella said...

Mais, j'aime la neige, je suis un skieur.
(From Ottawa)

EliRabett said...

Wait a few years.