Journal of Dynamic Decision Making <p>JDDM publiziert Forschungsergebnisse zu Entscheidungefindung und Problemlösen von menschlichen Individuen und Teams in komplexen und dynamischen Umgebungen. Das umfasst (unter anderem) Forschung zu Dynamischer Entscheidungsfindung, Komplexem Problemlösen, Kollaborativem Problemlösen, und Weisheit</p> Heidelberg University Publishing en-US Journal of Dynamic Decision Making 2365-8037 <div><p> </p><p>Papers accepted for publication in JDDM will be published under the following Creative Commons licence <a href="" rel="license">(Please click on the icon for more details</a>):</p><p><a href="" rel="license"><img style="border-width: 0;" src="" alt="Creative Commons Lizenzvertrag" /></a></p><p> </p><p>Authors are allowed to hold copyright without restrictions and to retain publishing rights without restrictions.</p></div> The Red Trousers <p><strong>Summary:</strong> This article is not about red trousers. The title points to a political foolishness that killed more than 100,000 soldiers. The discussion of this foolishness is an introduction to a general discussion of the reasons for political foolishness. – In her book ‘The March of Folly – From Troy to Vietnam’, Barbara Tuchman said that in the last 3,000 years mankind has made large progress, primarily in science, but also in medicine, architecture, economy, agriculture, etc. Only in politics, in the art of managing a state, nearly no progress is visible. Others share this opinion. The Swedish Chancellor in the time of Gustav II Adolph, in the time of the 30 Years’ War, Axel Oxenstierna, said to his son, who was elected for an important political position and had doubts, whether, with his 18 years, he would be able to cope with this difficult task: “If you would know, my son, with what low degree of intelligence the world is governed . . . .” – In surveys about the reputation of professions, politicians normally get low ranks. Why is that so? – In this article we try to give an answer to that question. The answer is very simple. Foolish decisions are reducible firstly to a low or wavering self-esteem. Secondly, they are based on a lack of phantasy; politicians have difficulties in finding new solutions for problems. – This answer is not at all new; already Platon and – nearly at the same time – the ancient Indian Bhagavad Gita gave the same response. In this article we develop a theory about political foolishness.</p> Dietrich Dörner Ute Meck Copyright (c) 2022 Dietrich Dörner, Ute Meck 2022-07-14 2022-07-14 1 14 10.11588/jddm.2022.1.84578 Call for papers: Political and social crises: A case for dynamic decision making? Copyright (c) 2022 2022-11-01 2022-11-01 10.11588/jddm.2022.1.91603