Friday, October 17, 2008

Herman Daly

My PhD advisor and former teacher Herman Daly posted an interesting essay at The Oil Drum blog, which was then written up by Andrew Revkin at the NYT, and so appeared on my regular morning blog rounds. Herman generally doesn't do blogs, so this was a nice surprise.

Herman was the chief economist at the World Bank in the early 1990s, before teaching at the Maryland School. That was two financial crises ago, for those of you who are reckoning time in the new fashion. Apart from being what my sainted Welsh farm-girl Grannie would have called "a real gentleman" and extremely nice guy, Herman is one of very few people I've met in my life who totally mastered the English language, as well as economics, philosophy and metaphysics/spirituality, and united them all coherently.

A Zen master.

Enjoy. (This is assigned for students in Environmental Sustainability.)

Warning: It's long for a blog post. But be Zen. You'll get through it. And by the time you're done, maybe the crisis will be over.

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