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With the same originality and astuteness that marked his widely praised Butterfly Economics Paul Ormerod now examines the “Iron Law of Failure” as it applies to business and government–and explains what can be done about it“Failure is all around us” asserts Ormerod For every General Electric–still going strong after than one hundred years–there are dozens of businesses like Central Leather which was one of th. In this book Omerod presents himself as a free market advocate and provides a well reasoned and expansive basis for his belief He readily acknowledges that economies will periodically fail including the free market variety He justifies his faith in the Hayek version on the basis that in the long run the free market version will provide better resultsHe does a good job of establishing the bases for his belief via mathematical evolutionary and economically historical expositions And his extension of these into the socio cultural spheres have some credibility Unfortunately the conclusion one could draw from his writing is the advocacy for a total absence of governmental regulation into our personal lives However I’m certain he would agree that some regulation is reuired but he does not and in my opinion cannot provide a demarcating benchmark At times he almost seems to promote the old formula “The government that governs least governs best” In fact the correct formulation should refer to governing the least necessary Omerod gives us specific examples of government overreach ones we can all easily agree are excessive but he doesn’t attempt to provide a metric for how much regulation is necessary Perhaps such a metric is impossible to define but the author should have devoted at least a page or two to acknowledge the problemThe writing is mediocre and the beginning drags until the second chapter Overall what he tells us about the inevitability of failure and catastrophic system collapse is important Despite the shortcomings of his advocacy everyone should read this book for his premise especially ideologues of the left and right as well as those of business In this era when the edges of civilization are beginning to crack they and the rest of us need to become aware that progress is not constant and that commitment to any cause or system without moderating influences invites eventual collapse Deathgame (Hardy Boys: Casefiles, years–there are dozens of businesses like Central Leather which was one of th. In this book Omerod presents himself as a free market advocate and provides a well reasoned and expansive basis for his belief He readily acknowledges that economies will periodically fail including the free market variety He justifies his faith in the Hayek version on the basis that in the long run the free market version will provide better resultsHe does a good job of establishing the bases for his belief via mathematical evolutionary and economically historical expositions And his extension of these into the socio cultural spheres have some credibility Unfortunately the conclusion one could draw from his writing is the advocacy for a total absence of governmental regulation into our personal lives However I’m certain he would agree that some regulation is reuired but he does not and in my opinion cannot provide a demarcating benchmark At times he almost seems to promote the old formula “The government that governs least governs best” In fact the correct formulation should refer to governing the least necessary Omerod gives us specific examples of government overreach ones we can all easily agree are excessive but he doesn’t attempt to provide a metric for how much regulation is necessary Perhaps such a metric is impossible to define but the author should have devoted at least a page or two to acknowledge the problemThe writing is mediocre and the beginning drags until the second chapter Overall what he tells us about the inevitability of failure and catastrophic system collapse is important Despite the shortcomings of his advocacy everyone should read this book for his premise especially ideologues of the left and right as well as those of business In this era when the edges of civilization are beginning to crack they and the rest of us need to become aware that progress is not constant and that commitment to any cause or system without moderating influences invites eventual collapse

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E world’s largest companies in 1912 but was liuidated in 1952 Ormerod debunks conventional economic theory–that the world economy ticks along in perfect euilibrium according to the best laid plans of business and government–and delves into the reasons for the failure of brands entire companies and public policies Inspired by recent advances in evolutionary theory and biology Ormerod illuminates the ways in which comp. I read this book almost five years ago but I think the author's observations and thesis is relevant today In some sense this book and Fooled by Randomness are companion pieces However Omerod lacks the arrogance of Taleb In looking through the other reviews I can see when certain readers are taken aback by the thought that randomness and chance play such centrals roles in processes where we historically projected the illusion of human control Rituals of Pleasure years ago but I think the author's observations and thesis is relevant today In some sense this book and Fooled by Randomness are companion pieces However Omerod lacks the arrogance of Taleb In looking through the other reviews I can see when certain readers are taken aback by the thought that randomness and chance play such centrals roles in processes where we historically projected the illusion of human control

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Anies and policy setting sectors of government behave much like living organisms unless they evolve they die But he also makes clear how desirable social and economic outcomes may be achieved when individuals companies and governments adapt in response to the actual behavior and reuirements of their customers and constituents Why Most Things Fail is a fascinating and provocative study of a truth all too seldom acknowledged. I think this is an important book and I also think its message might be difficult for some people to reconcile their world view with Ormerod sets his stall out to show that economists have presumed that the economy and lots of other systems we think of all day every day actually is a steady state that markets exist as a relationship between buyers and sellers with supply and demand following perfect curves that come from perfect knowledgeOf course as he points out this is nonsense Markets don't exist in a steady state there are too many factors that cause change Ormerod cites work done that shows even if the steady state were to occur any kind of shock to it could take as long as a hundred years before it would stabilise againThe classical view that comes all the way from Adam Smith assumes perfect knowledge actors in the system need to know what every other actor is doing This doesn't happen the textbook view that makes assumptions around marginal costs is bogus a lot of the time businesses don't know what they are a lot of the time they don't know what their competitors are doing and as you can't see into the future even if they did it probably wouldn't help because you still don't know what your customers may want that you don't do Most businesses of any size or complexity tend to work using rules of thumb and the MBA spreadsheets don't help because they assume perfect information Also your customers might just not like what you have to offer this seasonHe looks at work done on evolution In particular work done by Raup shows that there is a power series relationship between the freuency of extinction events and their size Other people have discovered that you can draw almost exactly the same curve if you look at business failures This has some interesting conseuences if you play with these models and look at an arbitrary measure of 'fitness' in the Darwinian sense then a degree of cooperation is actually good for the long term viability of the system as a whole Ultra competition forces prices down and isn't good in the long run neither is cost cuttingThe problem of perfect information is also addressed by looking at simple games such as the Prisoner's dilemma played over many iterations and looking at what strategies win over the long term As well as an arbitrary game involving where on a line you might place your ice cream stand to get the most customers As soon as you have than two players and than one time of entry into an existing market it becomes almost impossible to do than work out what the graph of possible solutions to the problem is and understand the shape of it If you are one of the players it's hard to work out what to doInterestingly we have two extinction models one is external shocks the asteroid of dyno extinction fame another is that a niche closes because of some other factor in the competition and a species dies out Species are competing and cooperating predators stop prey eating all of the available food and destroying the environment which means both species survive so there could be a cascade from what looks like a relatively small cause In fact both happen there is no eitheror But modelling this predicting the future becomes impossible All you can do is look at the shape and work out how to cope with what may happenOrmerod concludes by giving an overview of the work of Schumpter and Hayek that is often ignored The visions of the world articulated by orthodox economists and by Hayek are fundamentally different Conventional theory describes a highly structured mechanical system Both the economy and society are in essence gigantic machines whose behaviour can be controlled and predicted Hayek's view is much rooted in biology Individual behaviour is not fixed like a screw or cog in a machine is but evolves in response to the behaviour of others Control and prediction of the داستان زندگی پر ثمر و با افتخار مداد قرمز years before it would stabilise againThe classical view that comes all the 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