In this interview, Jared Diamond briefly describes his perspective on how the United States is responding to the economic crisis. He talks, in terms of indicative cultural characteristics, about how we compare to societies in history who have succeeded in the face of crises like this one. He is “cautiously optimistic,” provided the “decision makers,” i.e. politicians and the super-rich, must also endure the consequences of their decisions. Not really a leap, is it? This, by the way, is why I think we should seriously investigate the allegations that members of the Bush Administration committed crimes. If fair and sincere investigation exposes criminal activity, and if we then actually hold any guilty parties to account, regardless of who they are, this would send an important message to the “Halls of Power” that its members must, as a matter of fact, endure the consequences of their decisions right along with the rest of us — and, preferrably, these consequences would be more substantial than having to face criticism or forgo buying the newest private luxury jet. Else, why shouldn’t they screw us? Moreover, if Diamond is right (and he usually is), this is critical to our survival.

Enjoy!

-EAB

52 Responses to “Jared Diamond on US Economic Recovery”

  1. neestevin says:

    listen to mama B . I love this lady . I sware . Like if she were to die I’d be the fan to go into a state of depression .

  2. chess sobolmanny says:

    As far as recession goes I know it’s a difficult time out here for people, but me, myself I (cont)

  3. If presidents are the only variable, we need Bill Clinton! Best economy/national debt outlook in last 50 years during his terms!

  4. Jared Diamond was awesome last night! His next book: What we can learn from tribal societies. Out in Jan. ’13. ^mb

  5. signardowb east says:

    we are just getting out of a recession but i think workers may not be happy with the results for years

  6. dougailora says:

    As an SME I agree with Emily. We are meant to be solution to economic crisis, but cost of doing business is hard!

  7. Нет этого не будет не когда. РУССКИЙ будет воевать только за Русского и за свою родину. Вам этого не понять никогда.

  8. Blasting “The Recession” this morning. Gotta get my fix before TM103 drop. Jeezy really the realest rapper outchea….and my favorite

  9. Basically, he’s trying to say that technological advancement and civilization development operates the same way it does in Cid Meyer’s Civilization Revolution for the Xbox 360.

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  12. there will always be someone to lend… nations used to default on debt all the time.. the jews were willing to take that risk then.. why are the banks coddled now

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  15. arayne chapakson says:

    Mai Abbastanza, anch’io mi ero proposto di leggere il dizionario, ma a quanto pare le informazioni vanno nella memoria usa e getta. Da quanto ho sentito c’è la vaga probabilità che resti qualcosa solo associando il termine a qualcos’altro (tipo andare a cercare sul dizionario una parola sconosciuta dopo che la si è trovata su un testo).

  16. quarillina cruzi says:

    Why didn’t the Incas conquer Spain instead of Spain the Inca empire? Finally reading Jared Diamond’s amazing book ‘Guns, germs and steel’

  17. Evet, bir Jared Diamond’a ihtiyaç var. 🙂 Kolektif bir şeyler yapmaya çalışalım. Dili de biraz Diamond’vari olsun (Tüfek-Mikrop-Çelik) veya Cluetran Manifesto tarzı bir şeyler… Önümüzdeki hafta geçsin, ben biraz vakit bulabileceğim…

  18. I thought I got through my depression but lately Im not so sure. I’m scared I’ll slip back in and I won’t be able to get out.

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  25. henrosel says:

    sure is. Make most of it, heard there stopping it to tourists next year. Which in a recession is a stupid thing to do lol

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  29. kup lla says:

    I found Jared Diamond&aposs book “Collapse” has a section on the doomed Vikings of Greenland. This should help me flesh out a Christmas story.

  30. modriquels says:

    My swim hero is Geoff Huegill for defeating his depression to come back and be a champion in & out of the pool

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    Obama has us in the Depression of the “1930’s Dust Bowl!” Claims Romney will take us to 1950’s! Case is made “VOTE ROMNEY!”

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    They want us to invest in our economy by going to school but won’t invest enough in us to help us afford to go.

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