Norman Macrae Youth Foundation NMYF -net of The Economist's pro-youth economist
This interesting question was posed in the last 4 pages of Keynes General Theory. Let's be clear he was talking about economists and other professions who both have a monopoly to rule over how systems are designed and measurements are valued, as well as lawyers who join in enforcing such monopolies. Often unknowingly such professions chain us to systems - whose perfectness has started to rust - causing frustration, pain and ultimately loss of future generations potentials
FOr my family it was also posed over 25 years most of which my maternal grandfather was on the wrong (Empire's) porefsisona side vis a vis Mahatam Gandhi. Both were barristers trained ta the Bar of London. But granddad had the empire's rules to enforce in Mubai while Gadhi was interested in bootom-up rules including his famous salt march. The disastrous salt industry having got the Empire to pass a law that it was illedgal for citines to collect salt from the sea While granddad was chief justice sending Gandhi to prison for such narches to freedom, he did enjoy his last job writing up the legalese of India's Independence.
Of course there might not be such a huge compound risk of professions destroying youth's most entrepreneurial future collaborations if there was a whole truth mechanism for getting rid of professionals who do not live up to the Hippocratic Oath of do norharm. But in general beware wherever :
Professions are also liable to act like luddites when communicatios technologies (especially those blending computing and communications networks) no longer need extreme manual effort. While big banking spiraled into total collapse through 2000... competed to be the community most efficient for everyday savings now that digital records made all the costs of manual book-keeping redundant
Worse any profession that exists to judge that one side is always right and the other is wrong is likely to compound huge faults wherever network depend on seamless flows through partners not siloisation.
Help us discuss more specific rosks of each profession to the future. It was professions that caused Einstein when advising Gandhi to remark that he did not expect our species to survive massive technolgivcal connectivity of the sort we are now uirreversibly linking in all over our planet www.wholeplanet.tv
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