So We’re in a Polycrisis. Is That Even a Thing?


Andreas Kluth argues that the term polycrisis is unhelpful to solving the world’s problems because it captures nothing new. Human history is full of complex crises, interactions between them, and the absence of single causes and solutions. “My practical advice is to stop coining Greek neologisms and attack complexity with simple words. We have problems, emergencies and catastrophes, but we also have solutions — from mRNA vaccines to, who knows, maybe fusion energy one day. I suggest the Davos honchos boarding their return flights, and the rest of us, just pick whichever crisis they know something about, and get back to work solving it.”


Andreas Kluth

Publication Date

21 January 2023


The Washington Post



Resource Type

Op-Ed Commentary

Uses the term polycrisis

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