Articles Tagged: Barbara Tuchman

“Rigidifying” Climate Policy

In her book, March of Folly, the late historian Barbara Tuchman coined the terms “mental standstill” and “rigidifying” to describe a state  “where principles … governing a problem are fixed and then made rigid when dissonances and failing begin to appear.  This is the period when … rethinking, and change of course are possible”.  Instead, […]

Is Obama Doomed to Repeat Past Economic Blunders?

Although George Santayana’s observation that those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it is generally viewed as wise counsel, political leaders often think themselves immune. The late Barbara Tuchman validated this phenomenon in “The March of Folly,” which chronicles examples of leaders who acted against their own self-interest by ignoring information […]

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