Author Archives: Nicholas Gruen

May the farce be with you: legal edition

Well, well, well. The legal system has bungled its way to releasing a guilty man. Even if George Pell were not guilty of any acts of child molesting (as it was called during most of the time he was doing … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Critique, Law, Religion | 69 Comments

Troppo group subscription to Crikey: is this the last gasp?

From Twitter. Till now I’ve organisd a TROPPO GROUP CRIKEY SUBSCRIPTION for around 50 I advertised I was doing renewals on Twitter and Troppo a month ago and got about 1 or 2 takers Now someone else wants a renewal … Continue reading

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Dependency theory and my impatience with impatience

This post is barely worked up from an email I wrote in response to a student in development studies. She’d been working on environmental this and that and the Sustainable Development Goals (about which I’d class myself a card-carrying member of the … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy | 3 Comments

Information, ignorance, trade-offs and system collapse

An argument someone put to me today which makes a lot of sense. In the GFC markets collapsed not just because there was too much risk in the system – though there was – but because it was hidden. With the various bits of … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy, Health | 14 Comments

Crowdsourcing the crisis: crossing the is/ought barrier

I recently reposted my old column on blogging the 2008 crisis and there’s been some great blogging of this crisis. What about crowdsourcing the crisis? To some extent, we’re doing that with people out here in television land suggesting stuff and … Continue reading

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The master, his emissary and the balance of risk

The performance of expertise is tangled up in status displays. Often that subtly displaces what should be the true object of inquiry. Thus, for instance, economists will often be drawn off into spinning their view of a future which A. G. … Continue reading

Posted in Coronavirus crisis, Economics and public policy | 13 Comments

What things shouldn’t we be wasting this crisis on?

The subject of this post has been a theme of some conversations I’ve had with some people in Canberra. What things should we have been doing before the crisis that the crisis concentrates the mind sufficiently to try to do … Continue reading

Posted in Democracy, Economics and public policy, regulation, Sortition and citizens’ juries | 6 Comments