Continuing response to Brian Easton


Yes psychology is involved, but your reference to a response being ‘unlocked’ is a good observation which should be a catalyst to look more broadly than psychology.  To understand the Trump, Brexit, etc phenomina requires a sociological look.  Individuals need to be understood in a sociological sense as well as a psychological sense.  This type of effect should be expected to be more prominant in times of fundamental change and fast change which we are in today.

I recently saw an academic role I’ve never heard of which may be useful for looking at this sociological, or cultural, angle:   sociocutural anthropologist

What do you think?


Response to Brian Easton on Pundit on psychology of rationality

Where we need to step up here is to recognize that it is not only psychology (of the individual) at play, but also the sociology of existing within a culture.  Today that is probably more noticeable than usual as we are experiencing fundamental change and fast change to our way of life to an unprecedented degree.  Those kind of things are experienced more at the culture level than the individual.  People, rich and poor, are terrified of the changes mooted by climate change; changes that will effect everyone.  This does not reflect a change “in the way we think.”

Responds to Brian Easton’s Pundit article on Age of Superannuation

Why do we have two plans now, NatSuper and KiwiSaver?  National Super comes out of the general budget, relying on a successful national tax take, and thus establishes itself as an entitlement for all New Zealanders.  KiwiSaver is a threat to that concept in that it is funded by variable earnings from investments.  The fundamental reality of that is to establish a culture of winners and losers.

Since the winners/losers mentality is so fashionable today, in contrast to the need to think cooperatively in a full planet, we can expect it to be pushed with ideological zeal forcing Nat Super to the edge.

Response to Brian Easton on Pundit concerning 2016 word of the year, ‘post-truth’


Well done to list and briefly describe all those cognitive bias proclivities, but how have you used them to explain your ‘great perplexity’?  Please go on; in fact, if you are greatly perplexed then you have an obligation to delve further into it.  Read the rest of this entry »

Piketty, Stiglitz, GDP, and The Listener

The Editor, The Listener, Auckland

08 June, 2014

Dear Editor:

Thomas Piketty’s book, “Capital in the 21st Century”, is getting lots of attention these days. The Listener quotes New Zealand economist Brian Easton claim that the book describes an idea whose time has come.  But no, today it is more a theory whose time has come and gone.  Read the rest of this entry »