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Tiger By the Tale

Posted in Ecological resilience, Revolution with tags , , , , , , , on May 8, 2011 by Rob Wallace

–Landlady…
–My name is Rosenberg.
–I didn’t know there were Jews in Dublin!
She grimaces, palpably, and says,
–Yes, there are Jews in Dublin.
–Well, then, Mrs. O’Rosenberg, what can you tell me about the Celtic Tiger? Has it bitten anybody lately?
–Bitten?
–Yes. Where is this tiger now, and does he bite?
Mrs. O’Rosenberg begins to laugh, softly at first, and then even more softly. –Neal Pollack (2000)

The tiger will see you a hundred times before you see him once. –John Vaillant (2010)

One explanation proposed for Arab Spring, riffing off the work of Emmanuel Todd, is demographic in nature.

Rejecting claims of poverty, inequality, food prices, and unemployment, Andrey Korotayev and Julia Zinkina argue Egypt’s economic transition out of the classic Malthusian trap placed it into another, Continue reading