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How to Create Your Reason - Umair Haque - Harvard Business Review
"And so it seems to me that you and I — the sons and daughters of the Lesser Depression, the orphans of modernity — we have three choices. We may retreat. We may revolt. Or we may rebel. We may retreat into digiphoria; the cold, joyless comfort of softly glowing screens. We may revolt, turning away in disgust, and become, in time, something like the leaders we scorn. Or we may rebel — and choose, here and now, even in the full fury of the storm, to answer the awesome challenge of lives well lived. Reason is rebellion. It is through the creation of reasons to live fully that we rebel — and ignite lives worth living, instead of merely resigning ourselves to those that feel as if they aren't. In reason, we rebel against immovable destiny, and gain a measure of freedom back from the stars."
economics  future  motivation  rebellion  psychology  depression 
april 2013 by tsuomela
interfluidity » Depression is a choice
"We are in a depression, but not because we don’t know how to remedy the problem. We are in a depression because it is our revealed preference, as a polity, not to remedy the problem. We are choosing continued depression because we prefer it to the alternatives."
economics  crisis  recession  policy  debt  preferences  depression  politics 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Flattened « how to save the world
"Fearful and flattened. That’s what our industrial growth culture wants and needs of its members, now that it is a global monoculture strained to its absolute limits. Unless exercised in a culturally-approved way (such as “competitive” sports, wars, or abuse of one’s work or social “subordinates”), or locked away behind closed doors where there is plausible deniability, anger is now met with quick and violent suppression. Peaceful but angry demonstrations are met with heavily-armed stormtroopers. Anyone who even discusses angry resistance to the ecological desolation of our planet, to the theft and pillaging of Earth’s resources for the benefit of a tiny rapacious 1%, or to wars over oil or ideology, is branded a “terrorist” and subject to “disappearance”, extraordinary rendition to torture prisons, and/or indefinite imprisonment.

Likewise, feelings of debilitating grief, which I think are perfectly normal in our terrible world, have been pathologized and are now treated with large doses of anti-depressants or, failing that, ostracism and/or incarceration or other institutionalization. Our industrial culture teaches us to self-victimize. We are to blame, we are told, for our own unemployment and poverty (due to personal laziness or lack of moral fibre). We are to blame, too, for our own chronic illnesses (due to our poor eating and exercising habits). Suicide is, of course, treated not only as a sign of irresponsibility, but as a crime."
emotion  fear  grief  growth  capitalism  culture  future  depression 
february 2012 by tsuomela
We Are the 99 Percent
We are the 99 percent. We are getting kicked out of our homes. We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution. We are working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we're working at all. We are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything. We are the 99 percent.
unemployment  capitalism  america  protests  poverty  class  class-war  online  story  work  labor  recession  depression  crisis  wall-street 
october 2011 by tsuomela
Is America Giving Up on the Future? - Umair Haque - Harvard Business Review
"There's a glum desperation in the air that's hard to escape: volatility, futility, and a McFuture ghoulishly wagging its skeletal finger at a lost generation."
economics  recession  depression  change  future  vision  hope  rant 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Sticky Thoughts
Cognitive inflexibility may play an important role in rumination, a risk factor for the onset and maintenance of depressive episodes. In the study reported here, we assessed participants’ ability to either reverse or maintain in working memory the order of three emotion or three neutral words. Differences (or sorting costs) between response latencies in backward trials, on which participants were asked to reverse the order of the words, and forward trials, on which participants were asked to remember the words in the order in which they were presented, were calculated. Compared with control participants, depressed participants had higher sorting costs, particularly when presented with negative words. It is important to note that rumination predicted sorting costs for negative words but not for positive or neutral words in the depressed group. These findings indicate that depression and rumination are associated with deficits in cognitive control.
psychology  cognition  depression  flexibility 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Writing: the balancing act between self and other, solitude and engagement, me and world | HTMLGIANT
One of the most fascinating aspects of Coma is the way it grapples with issues relating to depression and writing, specifically the way depression can sever our connection to the world. Guyotat is panicked throughout the book because he senses an imminent depressive episode, and he fears this. He knows that when depression hits, he will be cut off from the world, driven inward, shut out, distanced from the things around him
writing  depression  psychology 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Income Inequality and Financial Crises -
Professor Moss is among a small group of economists, sociologists and legal scholars who are now trying to discover if income inequality contributes to financial crises. They have a new data point, of course, in the recent banking crisis, but there is only one parallel in the United States — the 1929 market crash.
economics  finance  instability  crashes  depression  recession  history 
august 2010 by tsuomela
Why Russians Don’t Get Depressed | Wired Science |
Here’s where the cultural differences became clear. When Russians engaged in brooding self-analysis, they were much more likely to engage in self-distancing, or looking at the past experience from the detached perspective of someone else. Instead of reliving their confused and visceral feelings, they reinterpreted the negative memory , which helped them make sense of it. According to the researchers, this led to significantly less “emotional distress” among the Russian subjects. (It also made them less likely to blame another person for the event.) Furthermore, the habit of self-distancing seemed to explain the striking differences in depressive symptoms between Russian and Americans. Brooding wasn’t the problem. Instead, it was brooding without self-distance
psychology  depression  russia  culture  self-analysis  distance  near-far 
august 2010 by tsuomela
Hayek, Trade Restrictions, And The Great Depression - Paul Krugman Blog -
More broadly, I’ve written before that the attempt to place blame for the Depression on protectionism is a sort of Noble Lie, an attempt to scare people into trade policy that’s good for other reasons.
free-trade  economics  trade  crisis  regulation  depression 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Kierkegaard on the Couch - Happy Days Blog -
These days, confide to someone that you are in despair and he or she will likely suggest that you seek out professional help for your depression. While despair used to be classified as one of the seven deadly sins, it has now been medicalized and folded into the concept of clinical depression. If Kierkegaard were on Facebook or could post a You Tube video, he would certainly complain that we, who have listened to Prozac, have become deaf to the ancient distinction between psychological and spiritual disorders, between depression and despair.
philosophy  psychology  spirituality  depression  happiness  literature  self  despair  kierkegaard  soren 
october 2009 by tsuomela
The world economy is tracking or doing worse than during the Great Depression | vox - Research-based policy analysis and commentary from leading economists
Often cited comparisons – which look only at the US – find that today’s crisis is milder than the Great Depression. In this column, two leading economic historians show that the world economy is now plummeting in a Great-Depression-like manner. Indeed, world industrial production, trade, and stock markets are diving faster now than during 1929-30. Fortunately, the policy response to date is much better.
depression  economics  crisis  world  scale  perspective  gloom-and-doom 
april 2009 by tsuomela
A Grand Theory of Our Present Dilemma « Jon Taplin’s Blog
For the last month, I have been gripped by the gnawing sensation that all of the conventional wisdom about our current economic crisis is wrong. I think we are facing a crisis of capitalism, not just a periodic bout of market failure.
economics  crisis  confidence  depression  recession  future  capitalism 
february 2009 by tsuomela
It's a Depression, Not a Recession
Depressions are a natural feature of a much bigger cycle. A part of capitalism that people love to talk about when the going is good…but despise when it turns against them. We’re talking about what Schumpeter describes as “creative destruction.” Everyone loved “creative destruction” in the late ’90s – when they thought it added to their balance sheets. Now, they beg government to save them from it.
depression  recession  economics  crisis  definition  creative-destruction 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Maddow: Did America Get Punked On the Bailout? Yes...Now Here's What to Do.
The report found that among small businesses "no "credit crunch" has appeared to date beyond the normal cyclical tightening of credit." The NFIB found that worries about interest rates and financing were a concern to only 3% of respondents...By and large, the story of the NFIB report was that if credit is going untapped, it's largely because company operators are not choosing to pursue the credit. It's not that companies can't get the extra money, it's that they don't want or need it because of the broader slowdown in economic activity.
crisis  economics  2008  depression  credit  shock-doctrine  boondoggle 
december 2008 by tsuomela
What History Tells Us About the Market -
Graham summarized it this way: "...stocks always sell at unduly low prices after a boom collapses. As the president of the New York Stock Exchange testified, 'in times like these frightened people give the United States of ours away.' Or stated differently, it happens because those with enterprise haven't the money, and those with money haven't the enterprise, to buy stocks when they are cheap."

After the epic bashing that stocks have taken in the past few weeks, investors can be forgiven for wondering whether they fell asleep only to emerge in the waking nightmare of July 1932 all over again. The only question worth asking seems to be: How low can it go?
history  economics  crisis  depression  america  1930s  2000s  markets  stock 
october 2008 by tsuomela

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