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What you will find here are near daily reflections on the basic ideas in  GardenWorld Politics.  Some are little essays of mine, some are bringing good books together for a dialog,  a version of Machiavelli’s nighttime conversations with the mighty dead. I am going to experiment at times with a more aphoristic style (starting Aug 2013). Coherent connections among paragraphs force the sense of a connective logic that is often not accurate, as the thoughts often stand alone and the connections remain to be explored.

Because of my consulting with the Institute for New Economic Thinking my focus is on  how to bring the best of the humanities into, or surround,  economic thinking. We need to think about how to make the transition to a better world, and it can’t be done without a better understanding of people. The withdrawal of the middle class from the revolution of 1848 for example.  A better understanding of economics and politics  is crucial for GardenWorld Politics, and a better understanding of economics requires a much richer conception of human nature. Searching for that understanding is a critical part of the approach

Bucky Fuller said “we have the world and six billion people. Putting them together is just a design problem.” So lets also study design.

What has my attention right now is the degree to which we are on the wrong track. But a better track does not exist. A cartoon in the New Yorker many years ago had the lemmings rushing to the cliff to the sea. One said to his neighbor, “Anyone think of going to the mountains this year?”  Everyone wants to be creative and play a part. If they don’t say it or know it, it is because they have been hurt badly by current circumstances.  Rethinking  integrating humans with the land we live on, with the cities and the grass and trees and the myriad creatures, is really a great opportunity. Think responsibility for landscapes and children and adults who are pleased with life.