Sur ma vision des crises : Capitalisme et destruction.
- I suspect that people can always find a way to create bubbles. During the Internet bubble new valuation techniques were introduced to inflate company prices. Companies were supposed to own a part of their customers’ incomes...
- I have learned you can’t predict the future. Those who have tried to build a better world (French revolutionaries or neocons) have ended up engineering disasters. I have also learned that you can make work nearly everything. Even if it seems broken. I believe in evolutions not revolutions.
- I suspect that most crises come from “irrational exuberance”, they start with an innovation (anything: Internet, stem cells, properties in Florida…). Some people are extremely fast at finding uses for them and at marketing them. Hence bubbles. Once blown up, the innovation is no longer dangerous. I tend to believe that preventing this irrational phase is unlikely. In a way there is nothing wrong about it: enthusiasm is a kind of useful engine. However if we were able to detect bouts of exuberance earlier, we could manage it better.
samedi 15 novembre 2008
L'innovation est une courte folie
Un échange avec quelqu'un qui veut transformer radicalement (révolution) le système bancaire, pour éviter les crises, m'amène à synthétiser une vieille idée : toute innovation est précédée d'une phase de folie, c'est elle qui fait les crises. Commentaire en VO :