Sunday, June 19, 2011

Episode 2: All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

This episode should be of interest to ecological economists:

It starts off with a discussion of the history of ecology including the Odum brothers as well as Jay Forrester and cybernetics. It goes on to the Club of Rome and The Limits to Growth and then to more recent developments in ecology. One of the themes is the rise in people's understanding of the world as an interconnected system. Today, conservatives, in the American sense, and libertarians seem to be people who think the interconnected system is inherently stable and self-regulating, whereas "liberals" think it is unstable and unpredictable but still somehow controllable by collective action.

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