Friday, July 31, 2009

More Friday Morning Economic Meltdown Music, and Other Stuff Too

Part of a continuing series.

Signs of recovery? Don't ask me, I'm not an economist.

Meanwhile, over at the other blog:

New Quadraphonnes.

Live Fight the Big Bull.

Old Industrial Jazz Group.


Matt said...

Hey Andrew,

Don't know if you've seen clips of these guys before, but check out Petulant Frenzy from Sydney, Australia on YouTube. Excellent Zappa band with horns -- would be a killer double-bill with IJG.

Andrew Durkin... said...

Nice! Thanks for the tip. How did you hear about them?

Matt said...

I stumbled across them while looking for Zappa videos on YouTube (which I need to start downloading before the ZFT get ornery again--there are awesome clips of the '73 band with Ponty).

Inspector Clouseau said...

Does inventorship / innovation have a sound? I'm reasonably sure that it does. People have to be inspired, and people have to have curiosity. How is that related to unemployment?

Here’s a thumbnail of what it takes, in my view, for a society to be prosperous:

1) An inventive / innovative class; people have to want to invent things and processes;

2) Cross-culturalization, where multiple inventors get together and compare their inventions, and newer \ better inventions are created;

3) Seaports or trade route intersections;

4) Business flowing from invention / innovation;

5) Decent Jobs flowing from business, so people can take care of their families with pride;

6) A reasonably decent life flowing from more people having jobs; and

7) Education encouraging the repeat of the process

Either some force in society sets this in motion, governs the process, and maintains it, or it does not. If you leave it to chance, you might be on top for a while but you will be on top indefinitely. But that is a cost of freedom, when you do not direct people what to do with their lives.

My suspicion is that China will be the next world power because they tell more people what to do, and they are more controlling. More free? Of course not. But more planning, organization, consistency, and coordination take place under their model. We in the U.S. use the “herding cats” model, and there are benefits and costs associated with it.

We’ve needed more inventors for years, and few in our country have paid attention to that issue.