Mr Taleb also disagreed with Mr Cameron's green agenda when he said he did not believe global warming was caused by mankind's increasing use of carbon.Now I like Taleb's approach - There's a good profile by Bryan Appleyard here, published in June last year before the bust - and his 'black swan' theory of an unexpected event that could come out of nowhere.
'I'm a hyper-conservative ecologically,' he said. 'I don't want to mess with Mother Nature. I don't believe that carbon thing is necessarily anthropogenic.'
The ecomonist and author also said there was a real danger of 'hyperinflation' across the world caused by government responses to the recession.
How to act if you think hyperinflation might happen? Well, pretty much as I have been, I suppose; hold gold, not savings, minimise borrowing, create an income budget surplus to cushion shocks, keep your food cupboards full and Tilley lamps in working order. What are the costs? Minimal. And at the first sign of an interest rate rise, I'll move hell to swap to a fixed rate mortgage.
I don't believe it's over yet, either.