Gardenbrain — @EricPLiu and @NickHanauer in the NYT
Posted by mellavora
“WE are prisoners of the metaphors we use, even when they are wildly misleading.”
An economy is not a machine; it is a garden. Fruitful if well tended, overrun by noxious weeds if not.
Markets are not perfectly efficient but can be effective if well managed. Where Machinebrain posits that it’s every man for himself, Gardenbrain recognizes that we’re all better off when we’re all better off.
The new analogy changes the way we see regulation, taxes, government spending, etc.
See also this interview at NCOC.
Mutual responsibility, a willingness to put to the long term over the short term, and an ethic of contribution before consumption: these are some of the foundational values of great citizenship.
And buy the book.