Joseph Tainter on Afghanistan, the Romans, and Us

It’s not often you see complexity/collapse guru Joseph Tainter pop up in mainstream media, so interesting to see him quoted in a complexity piece in today’s NYT:

Complexity creeps up on you.It grows in ways, each of which seems reasonable at the time. It seemed reasonable at the time that we went into Afghanistan. It’s the cumulative costs that makes a society insolvent. Everything the Roman emperors did was a reasonable response in the situation that they found themselves in. It was the cumulative impact that did them in.

More here.