Mér varð hugsað til þeirra ákvarðanna sem íslenska ríkisstjórnin stendur frammi fyrir þegar ég las eftirfarandi:

Nation-states must now act in a world in which all options are uncertain. It is not as though they have before them a list of choices with price tags attached to them. National governments find themselves in environments not merely of risk but of radical uncertainty. In economic theory, risk means a situation in which the costs of various actions can be known with reasonable probability, while uncertainty is a situation in which such probabilities cannot be known. Many of the policies which governments know they can pursue do not have consequences to which probabilities can be attached.

Worse, governments often cannot know whether the response of world markets to their policies will be merely to make them costly or to render them completely unworkable. Governments are in a situation in which even the span of options that is available to them is uncertain. This continuing radical uncertainty is the most disabling constraint on the power of sovereign states.

-- John Gray, False Dawn: The Delusions of Global Capitalism (1998)