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Phones: (prefix +47 for Norway)
ph: 6300 9080, office 6300 9090 mob: 9002 4956
Postal address: Utsiktsveien 34, NO-1410 Kolbotn, Norway.
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Favourite quotes

Practical efforts
My initiatives in innovative transportation (as a core 'driver' in economics and for that matter: culture in general) :
Taxi21 project where I co-operate closely with Taxi2000
- my company site
is InnoTrans, and the older project was SporTaxi

More theoretical efforts
My friends in heretical finance, gang8 , article archive , our foundation; ICE - Institute for Creditary Economics

all my articles in economics - both professional , popular and regarding transportation (the latter two in Norwegian)
Issues that matter to me :  economics - transportation - personal - computing - history - Nordic war history - politics
The Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in a larger setting: TEGG - The Eurasian Great Game - links & articles

a local map of where I live, at Kolbotn , 15 km southeast of downtown Os lo, by the Oslofjord, Nor way with the surrounding Oslomarka  - a pleasant rolling landscape of forests, hills and lakes.

my birth town, Krag erø in the county of Telemark (Norway)
Contact Information - My address, phone numbers etc.
a few pictures
my present affiliation at the chair of Public Finance , University of Erfurt, in Germany. 
Work Information - My academic affiliation and memberships in various associations
my CV  my business cards: ICE , InnoTrans , Erfurt 
The plot for my phd thesis  - The Impact of the Idealist-Realist Development Strategy 
Some of my "heroes", all with qualifications of course: George Orwell , Mahatma Gandhi , Pjotr Kropotkin, Friedrich List , Rudolf Steiner , Silvio Gesell

Some web sites I have made and maintain :

My company site InnoTrans (with the project sites for state of the art 21st Century technology:  Taxi21 and GTS21 
- and "my" old
SporTaxi project from 1998 in Oslo - BTW: This solution was combined with the propulsion technology of the baggage handling system at the Gardermoen airport, resulting in this system: Vectus , certified by the Swedish transportation authorities in 2009, as recognised public transport! - Making a world revolution in transport attainable.)
ICE - Institute for Creditary Economics , is a site for Nordic war history
Camp Rising Sun - Norway (2 scholarship youth camps, in the USA and in Denmark);
Oppgaard Historielag (my local history association); (my friend's site for financial analysis, balance-sheet accounting with regard to real estate, and history of the ancient Near East - with online books and articles).


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Have a look at issues that matter to me:


My articles (1995 -) that I think have some worthwhile messages concerning economics and related politics.

The discussion list of my friends in heretical finance, the gang8 and our article archive  
Here is our foundation, ICE - Institute for Creditary Economics
and some initiatives :
Bill Engdahl's site on geopolitics and geoeconomics:

James Cumes' initiative to put an end to global misery : VOW - Democratic initiative for VICTORY OVER WANT
    - and his discussion list

- Stephen Zarlenga's American Monetary Institute

My favourite cartoon, from 1933 on the " science" of economics and its "professionals", the economists...  
(- If you substitute the pictured university professors with national parties, and the frustrated student with the national electorate, you get a splendid description of the sorry state of parliamentary democracy as well.... )


My innovative transit projects in Norway, Taxi21 and GTS21,  and the company's general site,

"My" older project : ( mirror )
I co-operate with Taxi2000 , the company with today's best transit solution for people and cargo - for cities and intercity transport - and their technical solution SkyWebExpress

The Association for Advanced Transit : ATRA
The world's best site on these matters Innovative Transport Technologies , their discussion list: transit-alternatives and the PRT news site

The discussion list of my friends in innovative transit people in Europe : EuniTrans - The European Network for Innovative Transit:  

The discussion list of my friends in innovative transit people in Scandinavia : NoniTrans - The Nordic Network for Innovative Transit:


The website of the local history association: Oppegård Historielag , where I was chairman of the board and still is webmaster.

As usual, I love information that shatters all I believ(ed) in, and have been told to believe in:
      So, have a look at the site - on (Nordic) War History


The Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in a larger setting:  TEGG - The Eurasian Great Game

My friend Peter Myers has a lot of very interesting historical info on his site, guaranteed politically incorrect

More personal interests:

The homepage for Camp Rising Sun - Norway (of which I am webmaster).

Web and computing:

A few sites where you may find discussion- or mailing lists

My complete list of bookmarks - and my startpages + 012 , 3 and 4

Try my favourite programs + some older ideas on "Windows management" :

My dear and thorough recommendations for PC file organisation and backup security .
How to save email filter settings in Outlook Express
My recommendations for a "reversed" spam filter - it works!
Reformating your harddisk and setting up Windows (95)

Older stuff:

Biographical Information - essentially my academic history
Personal Interests -  "Living"  - "Traveling"
Current Projects
Network - A short letter on building a network for the promotion of an idea-oriented "capitalism".
A collection of mail server lists ("discussion groups").
Conferences in Oslo (1997 and 1998) of special interest for evolutionary economists interested in financial instability and development.


You will find some info on me and my history, and you may find info on some projects I have been involved in during the past few years, and a description of my Ph.D. project

Work Information

You may find my CV here and a short biography

Present Employment:

I am presently (2004) engaged in setting up an industrial consortium for innovative transport around the technical solution of Skyweb Express ( Taxi2000 ) for the coming automated and elevated "rail" system at Fornebu, Oslo. See my transport site:

I am also a Ph.D. Candidate ("Doktorand") at MERIT, the Univited Nations University of Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Centre on Innovation and Technology, University of Maastricht, with Prof. Robon Cowan as promotor. My former promotor and supervisor was Prof. Dr. Dr. J.G.Backhaus at the University of Erfurt and before that at the University of Maastricht , Department of Public Economics , the Netherlands (on the history of economic ideas and of economic policy).  During 1998-2000, I was affiliated with SUM   - Centre for Development and Environment, at the University of Oslo, Norway.

In 2002, with the 'gang8' financial professionals I established our foundation " ICE - Institute for Creditary Economics " for the development of sounder economic policies than presently followed worldwide.

In 2001, I established the consultancy InnoTrans and represent the US company Taxi2000 Corp. In 1998 I was co-founder and co-owner of Norsk Sportaxi A.S., a company devoted to the implementation of cab-track in order to solve traffic problems at the Fornebu area in Oslo, as well as to founding a new industrial base for Norway. I advised the local road authorities on this in 2000 and the national Telecom company, Telenor, on this issue in 2001-2002. I left the company in late 2000 due to disagreements.
(Have a look at the homepage I made in 1998-99 and a great amount of related links : )

During 2000-2001, I was a scientific assistant at University of Erfurt, Germany
I have been consulting regarding:
1. Innovative transport for POSCO (2002) , Telenor (2001-2002); Akershus Fylkeskommune (2000), Statens Vegvesen (2000).
2. Economic policy for Norwegian Shipowners’ Association (1998-2000) and regarding agricultural, financial and industrial policy for the  Norwegian Investorforum (1996-1998). 

During 1999-2000, I taught computing at the local "People's University of Follo", close to Oslo.
I have done carpentry for some 5-6 years.


(with headquarters in parenthesis)

See the CV


ICE - Institute for Creditary Economics
List Gesellschaft – (Münster, Germany)
INEM - International Network for Economic Method
EAEPE - European Association of Evolutionary Political Economics (Rotterdam):
AFEE - Association for Evolutionary Economics (Nebraska, USA):
ISINI - International Society for Intercommunication of New Ideas (Mexico City):
ISS - International Schumpeter Society (Vienna, Austria):
ERC - Economic Research Council (London):
Sosialøkonomenes Forening (Oslo):


ATRA - The Advanced Transit Association (Seattle):
AET - Association for European Transport (London):
Monorail Society (Seattle):
Modern Transit Society, Inc.:


IWA - International Webmasters Association:

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My articles:

You will find most of my professional articles here - including articles on innovative transportation

Here are two of them:
Exploring the Genesis of Economic Innovations: The religious gestalt-switch and the duty to invent as preconditions for economic growth. With Erik Reinert.

Shock-Therapy Rent-Seeking or Mercantilist Rent-Creation? Transportation, Credit, and Raw Materials in the Russian Transformation, published by Metropolis Verlag, Marburg, 1997, in a three volume work on transformation of planned economies, edited by Jürgen G.Backhaus and Günther Krause.

Prof. Nikolai S. Rozov ( rozov@NSU.RU ) in Novosibirsk, Russia has asked me to post a short article he has written on the same theme here:  

Newspaper articles

I have also published some two dozen popular articles, mainly on economic matters and mainly in the Norwegian press.

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Current Projects

Ph.D thesis on The Development Strategy of the Idealist Renaissance and Mercantilist Tradition of Economics, also called Economic Nationalism or -Continentalism, with the industrialisation of South Africa, around the turn of the 20th century, as the practical case study. Focus is especially on transportation and customs unification, i.e. economic integration as a paralell to the unification of the US, Germany and the EU - and in fact also France and Great Britain.

Article with the working title "Different Images of Man as Bases for Different Development Strategies - Materialism and Idealism"
Article with the working title "Financial Instability And Underconsumption - Lessons From The Monetary Heretics"


Article with the working title "Friedrich List, the Ultimate Globalist. The legal Regulation of Entrepreneurship and World Power", to be published in a collection of articles around the theme "Free Trade and the Nation State".
Article with the working title " The Role of Transportation in the Liberation of the Individual - Karl Bücher's contribution
Article with the working title "The Other Canon: The History of Renaissance Economics."
Project: Preparation and implementation of a new advanced transport system in the Oslo region - so-called PRT that involves flexible and intelligent transport.
Report on a new business and industrial policy for Norway, for the Norwegian Shipowners' Association. This is to be connected to the theme of my thesis and the kind of network I would like to see established.

The plot for my thesis

A more detailed description and a short description

A network for an idea-oriented economic policy was suggested here

Some conferences in Oslo on heretical economics

They took place in 1997 and 1998. Access them here

Here is the Prolegomenon (preface) and Bibliography for the conference in Oslo Sept.98 on:
"Production Capitalism vs. Financial Capitalism - Symbiosis and Parasitism - An Evolutionary Perspective", arranged in Oslo, Sept. 3-4 1998

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Books of interest in Economics:

Some books that I have scanned on economics (the idealist tradition and on tariffs) and history (of Norway, war and eugenics).

A brilliant book I have scanned, by a true anarchist, Rudolf Steiner, World Economy . It is therefore also available here - at the Steiner Archives
An interview with my mentor in philosophy Hjalmar Hegge
(in Norwegian) .   

Some friends and colleagues have written marvellous books in economics - and transportation:

Stephen Zarlenga Valatie, upstate New York: See also , 2002
The Lost Science of Money : The Mythology of Money - The Story of Power

Michael Hudson in New York City: See also
Super Imperialism - The Origin and Fundamentals of US World Dominance - Revised edition 2003

Bill Engdahl in Frankfurt: a.M. See also
A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order, Revised edition, 2005

Ian Patrick Austin in Singapore:
Pragmatism and Public Policy in East Asia : Origins, Adaptations and Developments, 2001
Goh Keng Swee and Southeast Asian Governance , 2004

Richard Werner , UK
Princes of the Yen  , 2001
New Paradigm in Macroeconomics , 2005
Solving the Riddle of Japanese Macroeconomic Performance

Guido Preparata, USA
Conjuring Hitler: How Britain And America Made the Third Reich , 2005
Solving the Riddle of Japanese Macroeconomic Performance

Erik Reinert, Norway
How Rich Economies Got Rich ... and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor , 2007
Solving the Riddle of Japanese Macroeconomic Performance

Ha-Joon Chang in Cambridge, UK:
Kicking Away the Ladder? Policies and Institutions for Economic Development in Historical Perspective, 2002

Raymond A. MacDonald

Some favourite quotes


"I dared." Ulrich von Hutten

"Here I stand, I can do no other." Martin Luther.

"And the one man that dares to tell the truth is called at once a lunatic and a fool." Plato

"All great truths begin as blasphemies." George Bernard Shaw.

"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."  Noam Chomsky

"To see what is in front of one's nose requires a constant struggle." George Orwell

"In a time of universal deceit, speaking the truth is a revolutionary act." George Orwell, 1984

"Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past." George Orwell, 1984.

"He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper." Edmund Burke

"The real difficulty in changing any enterprise lies not in developing new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones."  John Maynard Keynes

"There is nothing more frightening, than active ignorance." Johan Wolfgang von Goethe

"None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe that they are free." Johan Wolfgang von Goethe

"The man in the street does not notice the devil even when the devil is holding him by the throat." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.”  Bertrand Russell


"One of the penalties for not taking an interest in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors". --Plato 400BC

"If one understands that socialism is not a share-the-wealth program, but is in reality a method to consolidate and control the wealth,
then the seeming paradox of super-rich men promoting socialism becomes no paradox at all.
Instead, it becomes logical, even the perfect tool of power-seeking megalomaniacs.
Communism or more accurately, socialism, is not a movement of the downtrodden masses,
but of the economic elite." Gary Allen, Author

"Our Founding Fathers believed that it was self-evident that the God of Nature is the sovereign of the universe and everything in it (as well as mankind)
and that He had endowed all mankind with "certain unalienable rights" making them self-directing sovereigns,
which means that any governments instituted among men derive their just powers (only) from the consent of the governed,
who are the source of earthly power and authority. Hence any attempt to exercise any powers NOT conveyed by the People
is unjust and unauthorized, and any act done pursuant to such usurpation of power is void."

Political Humour (unintentional)

"Whatever the price of the Chinese Revolution, it has obviously succeeded not only in producing more efficient and dedicated administration,
but also in fostering high morale and community of purpose. The social experiment in China under Chairman Mao's leadership
is one of the most important and successful in human history." - David Rockefeller, 1973, on Mao Tse-tung: (NY Times, 1973-10-08)


President Andrew Jackson stated in reference to the bankers at the state of his administration:
"You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the Eternal God, I will rout you out."


“The one duty we owe to history is to re-write it.” – Oscar Wilde

"The only thing new in this world is the history you don't know." - Harry S. Truman

"Those who control history control the present, and those who control the present control history." - George Orwell, 1984

"In no country has the historical blackout been more intense and effective than in Great Britain. Here, it has been ingenuously christened,
'The Iron Curtain of Discreet Silence'”, Frederick J. P Veale, English lawyer and historian of warfare


"Between the weak and the strong one it is the freedom which oppresses and the law that liberates." - Jean Jacques Rousseau

"Those who exercise power always arrange matters so as to give their tyranny the appearance of justice." – La Fontaine, 1668


"Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans." - John Lennon

“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.” Bertrand Russell

"If You want to change the World, take a Look in the Mirror and start that Change". Michael Jackson

"Conduct yourself at all times, as though the maxims of your will were the principles of a general law." Immanuel Kant.

""The highest that can be achieved is an heroic passage through life.
Such a life is led by the man who, pursuing a purpose for the benefit of all, struggles against all too great difficulties,
yet receives a poor reward or no reward at all." – Schopenhauer.

Mark Twain :

"What is human life? The first third a good time; the rest remembering about it"
"One learns through the heart, not the eyes or the intellect"

“Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary

"Spirit has fifty times the strength and staying-power of brawn and muscle"

"All generalizations are false, including this one."
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect."  
"The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are right."

"It is curious - curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare"
"The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures;
but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot."

"We have the best government that money can buy."
"Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it."

"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."  
"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."

It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense."
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."  
"The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds."
"Accident is the name of the greatest of all inventors."

"The lack of money is the root of all evil." 
"Any so-called material thing that you want is merely a symbol: you want it not for itself, but because it will content your spirit for the moment."
“Buy land, they don’t make it anymore.”

"Virtue has never been as respectable as money"

“To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence."

"The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause."
 "The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one."



Last Revised:  Oct. 3rd, 2005