238 – Societal Complexity, Part II: Today’s Perspective

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Guest: Paul Arbair     Host: Markus Voelter    Shownoter: Pascal Becker

In October 2015, Joseph Tainter was my guest in omega tau 184 to discuss his concept of increasing complexity and eventual collapse of societies. In this episode, our guest Paul Arbair discusses these concepts in the light of today’s rising populism in several countries. The episode is based on two articles Paul wrote on his blog: one on Brexit and one on Trump.

Introduction of the Guest


Paul Arbair | Thinktank

Technology / Technology Advancement


Rebound effect | Jevons paradox | Elevator pitch

Complexity from a Political Point of View


Lawrence Lessig | John Michael Greer