Paul Cornell du Houx grew up among several Western countries. At Amherst College, he majored separately in economics and French. His honors thesis identified the aesthetic mysticism in the works of Gustave Flaubert. This led to his early attempts to bring cross-cultural insights to clarify a crisis some economists saw in the utilitarian way mainstream theory was moving.
He decided to investigate the marketplace first-hand, rather than take the well-worn academic path that one day would lead the world economy into the Great Recession and now largely unprepared into the 2020 pandemic.
Clearly, capitalism has gone begging for something more than money. While looking for answers, Cornell du Houx wrote currency reports for the MSA consultancy newsletter in the London Square Mile, audited companies for PwC, studied law at the Inns of Court, sold computers, and with his patented improvements on an electrical connector got involved in a start-up.
Attracted to the succinct form of the ancient sutra, the author began gathering ideas in the late seventies under the Yoganomics portmanteau, written as a conversation piece, in the spirit of his storytelling grandfather, a Kansas farmer with a talent for making up words and combining disparate ideas with comedy. They would not be the only ones to be pleasantly surprised at further plays on the word, economics. Eventually, Cornell du Houx developed the math proposed in Unicycle that lets us read the ethics of natural law within the environment.
In 2020, he decided to rewrite Yoganomics accordingly. Somewhere along the line, he wrote What the Farmer Told the Bard, a near-apocalyptic novel involving runes encoded in a Shakespeare monument.
In 1991 Ramona and Paul settled with their children in Maine. Publishing books, art, and the news magazine Maine Insights led to founding the Solon Center for Research and Publishing, with the mission of helping to build community in Maine and beyond, through words and art, science and music. Gallery Fukurou at 20 Main St., Rockland, Maine, opened to the public in 2018.
At the Solon Center, Elected Officials to Protect America (EOPA, ProtectingAmerica.net) works to combat climate change, often focusing on water security, with the help and leadership of military veterans. It is the author’s hope that the sense of a deep democracy in nature, which inspired Native American communities and merged with our Founders’ Enlightenment vision of natural law, will help bring hearts and minds together in time.
Paul’s blog on his book, here.