The story thus far at The Permanent Problem: Capitalism in the 21st century has triumphed globally and there are no viable alternatives in sight, but its powers as an engine of social progress have been faltering. We have achieved material plenty in the rich democracies, but…
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I’ve just completed a series of essays on the crisis of dynamism, concluding with a couple of posts on the outlook down the road. I’d now like to circle…
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The world of modern economic growth and rapid, continuous technological advance feels natural to us, as it’s the only world we’ve ever known. But of…
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I ended my last essay with a cliffhanger question: is capitalist dynamism doomed? To answer the question, I think we need to distinguish between…
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Thanks for reading The Permanent Problem! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work. When I was a kid, fear of overpopulation was all…
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I dodged it for 2 1/2 years, but last week covid finally caught up with me. It’s been a mild case all told, but I lost a week to feeling feverish…
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The prime mover of technological and social progress — just as for biological evolution — is variation. Different cultures rubbing up against each…
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There’s something called wilderness therapy that offers a distinctive approach to helping troubled young people: make them live outside for a couple of…
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