Commented on @countabilityinfinite’s post (Blogathon 2009 – Book Review: The Nature of Economies, Jane Jacobs ) about Jane Jacob’s The Nature of Economies “Systems of Survival” is a key work,
Jane Jacobs’ “Systems of Survival” was an important work for me learning about the two distinct “syndromes” which govern economies and human experience. She suggest everyone/things can be divvied up as belong in the “guardian syndrome” or the “commercial syndrome” – i.e. you either participate in making/selling stuff or in protecting and spending the stuff. Chaos or inefficiency arises when these are bridged/muddied. Examples of when these are mixed tend to support this claim. The theory while not perfect is very interesting and worth reading and building upon.