We couldn’t love Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s work any more here at CompFutures. His book The Black Swan has become an instant classic for its application of scenario planning to financial markets, showing us that humility and constant skepticism are our constant allies when thinking about future. His work shows us that past performance is not necessarily future reality, and that we probably aren’t as smart as we think we are when making predictions about an ultra-complex, superconnected world.
Plus, he called the financial crisis well before 2008. It’s a small group of contrarians who got that one right. (Ahem.)
For a while, Taleb was in a self-imposed media blackout, terribly weary of having expressed the same ideas time and time again about how “eternal growth” isn’t the only scenario nations and companies should expect. Black swans, he contended in endless interviews, were still on the horizon, circling with plans to challenge the orthodoxies of Keynesianism, Hayekian free markets, or any other old fashioned 20th century notions.
With the new round of economic stimulus, bailouts, and other such faith-based superstitious economic rituals, Taleb is back on the scene to discuss why, contra Krugman, debt-based stimulus packages are making us less safe, giving us growth wrapped in a dangerous package of fragility.
A wonderful, weary, frank interview.
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