Talking to Frydman is a bit like entering a fascinating meditation on the limits of knowledge and the nature of truth. Having lived through the failure of centralized planning in communist Poland, he is particularly sensitive to the hubris of believing that the future can be exactly mapped.
Today, a tweet, a post, or a blog is enough to alert millions in seconds of a dreadful restaurant, an unsafe toy, or a polluting car company. We can share our market experiences in real time. This narrows the space for phishing.
Although much of what Yale economist Robert Shiller writes is about the importance of financial markets, he won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for studying how financial markets misbehave. He is a pioneer in the new field of Behavioral Economics.
Republicans framed Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, as a loss of individual freedom. But the only freedom lost is the freedom to be treated without having to pay for it, which is what the uninsured do when they have to go to emergency rooms.
How to cure the record income inequality that has resulted from so much power going to Wall Street and the corporations? At least, let us return to the income tax brackets that brought so much prosperity to the middle class during the 1960s and 1970s. What were they?
A strange thing happened in Chicago. An audience of well-heeled professionals, a mixture of Democrats and Republicans, packed a room to hear Robert Shiller give a presentation on the housing market. At the end of the presentation, there was a bi-partisan revolt.
It is a struggle between those who have already entered the 21st century and those who are holding back because they are fearful of its faster pace, or have a great nostalgia for a much simpler, older America.