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The Great Splintering - Umair Haque - Harvard Business Review
"a social contract's been torn up…bedrock of an enlightened social contract is, crudely, that rent-seeking is punished, & creating enduring, lasting, shared wealth is rewarded & that those who seek to profit by extraction are chastened rather than lauded. Today's world of bailouts, golden parachutes, sky-high financial-sector salaries — while middle incomes stagnate — seems to be exactly the reverse…The eye of this perfect storm is extreme income inequality that makes the Glided Age look Leninist…rule of law is visibly, easily flouted by the rich, it usually ends up being seen as laughable by the poor. London's become a city where many young people feel they're finished before they start…social upheaval's spreading…Our institutions are failing…We're going to have to build shelter: more resilient, less dysfunctional institutions that can deliver on the promise of real human prosperity that matters, lasts, and multiplies."
society  economics  uk  world  capitalism  eudaemonia  umairhaque  2011  inequality  wealthdistrubution  socialcontract  change  collapse  looting  riots  london  greatsplintering  wealthdistribution 
august 2011 by robertogreco
Umair HaqueEudaimonicsRedesigning Global Prosperity.: The New Road to Serfdom
"our institutions, far from evolving & improving, at time we need to update them most, are actually moving backwards. We're taking tiny steps—sometimes giant leaps—backwards in time, deconstructing the basic building blocks of civilization…<br />
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[Goldman Sachs & London Metal Exchange] It's a giant leap forward for rent-seeking, extracting profit w/out creating a single tiny morsel of authentic value—but a giant leap backwards for the open markets that are the most basic building block of human prosperity…<br />
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[Ronaldo] Think about it: when people can be used collateral to pay off debts…we've just taken a giant, massive leap backwards in civilization. In fact, we're racing down a slippery slope that ends in indentured servitude & slavery.<br />
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Welcome to the new road to serfdom…<br />
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We've forgotten what the economy's for…either we have the wisdom, courage, hunger, defiance, humility, & determination to make the quantum leap to eudaimonic prosperity—or…headlong slide backwards…new Dark Age."
umairhaque  darkages  us  economics  eudaemonia  civilization  society  capitalism  consumption  materials  sustainability  2011  goldmansachs  ronaldo  politics  policy 
july 2011 by robertogreco
How Our Economy Was Overrun by Monsters and What to Do About It - Umair Haque - Harvard Business Review
"The economy is a social construction, built and re-built every day, with every tiny decision we make. No, the average Joe and Jane don't demand designer playhouses — but they do demand the stuff that make the super-rich, well, super-rich. J-Lo perfume, fast-fashion, oil — lots and lots of oil — and all the mass-made "product" lining the shelves of exurban big-box stores. The inevitable ultimate consequences of demand that fails to weigh human, social, natural, and personal costs of such so-called "goods" are public "bads": unemployment, inequality,pollution, isolation — and capital flowing upwards faster and faster. Designer playhouses aren't a first-order consequence of our preferences, but they probably are a last-order consequence, an ultimate result…<br />
Our monsters are reflections of us."
2011  umairhaque  economics  debtceiling  consumerism  consumption  extravagance  wealth  materials  us  society  desire  eudaemonia 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Is a Well-Lived Life Worth Anything? - Umair Haque - Harvard Business Review
"Though it harks back to antiquity, eudaimonia's a smarter, sharper, wiser, wholer, well, richer conception of prosperity. And deep down, while it might be hard to admit, I'd bet we all know that our current habits are leaving us — have left us — not merely financially and fiscally broken, but, if not intellectually, physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually empty, then, well, probably at least just a little bit unhealthy. Eudaimonic prosperity, in contrast, is about mastering a new set of habits: igniting the art of living meaningfully well. An active conception of prosperity, it's concerned not with what one has, but what one is capable of. Here's how I'd contrast Eudaimonia with its belching, wheezing industrial age predecessor:

Living, (working, and playing) not just having…
Better, not just more…
Becoming, not just being…
Creating and building, not just trading and raiding…
Depth, not just immediacy…"
umairhaque  culture  society  future  economics  2011  well-being  gamechanging  eudaemonia  immediacy  plannedlongevity  work  play  value  values  creation  making  doing  living  life 
july 2011 by robertogreco
"… [E]udaemonia, the good life, which is what Thomas Jef­fer­son and Aris­to­tle meant by the pur­suit of hap­pi­ness. They did not mean smil­ing a lot and gig­gling. Aris­to­tle talks about the plea­sures of con­tem­pla­tion and the plea­sures of good con­ver­sa­tion. Aris­to­tle is not talk­ing about raw feel­ing, about thrills, about orgasms. Aris­to­tle is talk­ing about [the new-ish psy­cho­log­i­cal the­ory of flow], and that is, when one has a good con­ver­sa­tion, when one con­tem­plates well. When one is in eudae­mo­nia, time stops. You feel com­pletely at home. Self-consciousness is blocked. You’re one with the music."
mihalycsikszentmihalyi  flow  happiness  psychology  science  depression  philosophy  health  thinking  martinseligman  eudaemonia 
august 2010 by robertogreco

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