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I was just today having a conversation with one of my bosses at work, about the complete failure of financial regulation and the fact that the ongoing Global Clusterfuck has exposed the extent to which big business had accumulated political power. At one point he observed that issues of importance have become so technically complex that one cannot expect more than a handful of people to understand their implications, at which point democracy is pretty helpless. Also that much of this complexification is unnecessary obfuscation good only to hide fraud in plain sight.

So, decomplexification is a must. However, that doesn't take place smoothly. What's to be expected is catastrophic decomplexification followed by adaptive radiation.

So, in what may be my last act of "advising", I'll advise you to cut the jargon. -- My old PhD advisor, to me, 26/2/11

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Mar 29th, 2011 at 07:03:34 PM EST
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