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Samizdata quote of the day

“My vision is of a new form of Dynamic Equilibrium economics (DEe) which will, while being steady in scale, still be thoroughly dynamic and require business to be as enterprising, creative and innovative as ever. As growth at a macro-scale is dethroned, so too will the focus of business innovation shift to a Flourishing Enterprise model of business in which companies and markets focus on objectives based on maximising societal flourishing and units of wellbeing delivered per unit planet input.”

- Jules Peck, a trustee of the New Economics Foundation and a fellow of ResPublica

19 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • Mark G

    Never in the field of human suffering has there been a more pressing need for “Warheads on Foreheads”.

  • Johnathan Pearce

    Is he one of those people going on about “measuring happiness”, like that Richard Layard character from the Gaddiffi-funded LSE?

    What a load of tosh.

  • Statists like this clown wish to impose their visions with threats of state violence, so no one should hesitate to resisted such folk with threats of violence of your own.

  • Well, according to the New International Centre For Economic Excellence, Planetary Wellness And Synergistic Equilibric Solutions (me) this Mr Peck’s utterances are harming societal flourishing and positively destroying wellbeing.
    He must be shut down now!
    /wow, this giving oneself an important title and talking bollocks is well easy…

  • mose jefferson

    My happiness is worth twice as many units of wellbeing as yours.

  • Laird

    New International Centre For Economic Excellence, Planetary Wellness And Synergistic Equilibric Solutions

    Wow, what a great name, Martin. I think you’re on to something here. I think I’ll start a few “International Centres” (love the British spelling!) of my own. Create letterhead on the computer, make up a few bogus Trustees, and start sending out news releases. This could work!

  • Laird

    Smited! I think the Smitebot withholds my posts simply because the Editors think that I will run out of pithy quotations. My canon is vast; do your worst!

    Thy praise or dispraise is to me alike:
    One doth not stroke me, not the other strike

  • renminbi

    Could someone translate that into English?

  • Thanks remnibi – I was too shy to ask…

  • “Could someone translate that into English?”

    It’s saying that in the future, business will cease to be about producing things people might want, and be more and more about preventing people from producing things people might want.

  • PersonFromPorlock

    Could someone translate that into English?

    Posted by renminbi at April 13, 2011 06:48 PM

    One might as well parse the words of someone speaking in tongues.

  • So, in other words, what he wants is to create an environment where economics is truly a zero sum game. No growth, just an ebb and flow of market share and wealth.

    In other words, he wants to make a reality of what has always been an interventionists fantasy criticism of free enterprise economics, and ensure that in future the rich truly do get richer while the poor get poorer.

    Using fancy schmancy lingo doesn’t hide what a vile individual this man is.

    Move over Norkland, here we come.

  • Jim

    “Could someone translate that into English?”

    Do as I say Comrade, if you know what’s good for you……

  • 'Nuke' Gray

    Renminbi- he is NOT speaking English! He is sprouting, or vomiting, B-llsh-t.
    I would not advise you to use his words as fertiliser, though- it will contaminate whatever it touches! Just burn it and move away.
    I am reading a fascinating book on a related subject, called ‘The Servile Mind- how democracy erodes the moral life’, by Kenneth Minogue. His main idea is that as religion has been replaced by a belief in evolution, so intellectuals have come to believe that they can help us all to become better individuals- if they can take over the reins of power! So we have a belief in evolution to blame for all these lines of BS.

  • Nuke,

    So we have a belief in evolution to blame for all these lines of BS.

    Speaking as an informed man, and therefore a Darwinist, all I can say is “What twaddle”.

    Marx predates Darwin.

  • bobby b

    “So, in other words, what he wants is to create an environment where economics is truly a zero sum game”
    – - – - -

    Are you using the words that he typed as clues about what he really and truly wants?

    “Cuz, if you are, you’re ceding him the first step. He’s not typing words that tell us what he really wants. He’s typing words that he thinks will make it more likely that he gets what he really wants.

  • Paul Marks

    bobby b.

    Yes – well spotted.

  • 'Nuke' Gray

    CountingCats- but evolution was around before Charles Darwin! His grandfather, Erasmus, had something similar in mind. Charles gave a better collection of facts to the reading public, and took out any talk of ‘guided’ evolution, leaving it blind and random. He did not invent Evolution out of nothing.
    Therefore Karl did not need Charles for his Manifesto.

  • 'Nuke' Gray

    My earlier reply to CountingCats was smitten, but i’ll add this postscript- Lamarck lived from 1744 until 1829. His theory of evolution is still called Lamarckism, and Marx would have known about Lamarck.