Complex systems

I fear that, short of urgent, fundamental change, my next letter will be a eulogy.
Donald Trump's early Christmas present to the world was a right-up-to-the Twitterbrink 140 character policy tweet: "The United
Are there already established academic disciplines that do a good job of thinking about complex systems? What can educators
The wealth contained within this land does not belong to those that live and work it, but to those with the might to control it.
Let me tell you a joke. It's not a very funny, I'm afraid, but such were the jokes of the Liquidators, the soldiers and volunteers tasked with the cleanup of the Chernobyl Disaster.
Can we build systems which function perfectly in all circumstances? Can we avoid all accidents with enough time, enough information, enough practice running the system or enough process around it?
The US space program is a treasure trove of insight into engineering at the extremes of human ability. It is a field which concerns itself deeply with human-machine interaction. Spacecrafts are not fully automated, nor are they under the total control of the human operators (the astronauts "in the can" and the ground control crew).
A system proves it's in the decay stage when small changes no longer move our economy forward. In worse cases, old remedies only add toxicity to the current mess.
Expressing appreciation is one small change that each one of us can make. One small change that can make a big difference in the workplace.