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Good vs Great

Good: Virtuous. Right. Commendable. Great: Remarkable in magnitude, degree, or effectiveness. When it comes to leadership, it is not good to great; so much as good vs great. An uncomfortable truth about human history is that the greatest - that is the most effective, influential, and powerful - leaders are seldom the most good. Indeed … Continue reading Good vs Great

“We want a king”

Freedom is not freedom from responsibility, it's freedom to willingly take on responsibility. Read the below and try not to see the similarity between this story in the good old Old Testament and the fearful and the envious demanding they “be lead” and ruled by law this year. So all the elders of Israel gathered … Continue reading “We want a king”

the sovereign individual

The Sovereign Individual

"Government is not only a protection service; it is also a protection racket. While government provides protection against violence originating with others, like the protection racket it also charges customers for protection against harm that it would otherwise impose itself. The first action is an economic service. The second is a racket.In practice, the distinction … Continue reading The Sovereign Individual

Moibus strip theory of politics

It’s not a horseshoe, it’s a Möbius strip…

The horseshoe theory of politics does not go nearly far enough. I find a Möbius strip is a far superior analogy. It shows just how by going far enough in any direction, we go around the bend (and if we go far enough after that, we might just end up back where we started). It … Continue reading It’s not a horseshoe, it’s a Möbius strip…

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2020 A Year in Books

What I read in 2020, the comprehensive list. How to read this list: *  = Recommend** = Really recommendNC = No comment (or, really, do not bother)RR = Re-readF = FictionNF = Non-fiction If you trust my reading recommendations, I suggest you purchase a copy of whatever catches your eye at your favourite local second hand book … Continue reading 2020 A Year in Books

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Ideas Lying Around (and Sprouting)

At the moment, a crop of ideas that have been lying around for some time are sprouting. Make no mistake, these ideas time has come and they will be used to shape the next generation of economic and social policy. They will affect every life and every nation. Specifically, 2020 has seen the following ideas … Continue reading Ideas Lying Around (and Sprouting)

the rise of the virtuocracy

The Rise of Virtuocracy

Virtuocracy : A society which is ruled by the most virtuous. Aristocracy, where one's station in life is tied to the accident of birth, is plainly unfair. Theocracy, where one's station in life is tied to one's proximity to the nexus of clerical power is likewise unjust. Meritocracy, where one's station in life is tied … Continue reading The Rise of Virtuocracy

The grand trilemma

The grand trilemma

Life is all about choices, and choices are all about trade offs. This little chart I made - which combines the logic of the Nolan Chart and the "political triangle" in a simplified way focused on the core trade-offs of the various political ideas - has helped me to think about some of the biggest … Continue reading The grand trilemma

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WTF Happened in the 1970s?

Money gets surreal when it becomes untethered from reality; and a lot of strange financial wizardry began decoupling real value and nominal financial money in and around the 1970's. The website wfthappendin1978.com tells the story in pictures, in a series of economic charts that illustrate better than a thousand essays would, what happens when the rules … Continue reading WTF Happened in the 1970s?

the camel and the hare

The Hare and the Camel

I have an affinity for dark Soviet humour. There is a lot we can learn from those who have been through the dark places we are headed towards. One such old joke runs as follows: A hare is running frantically though a forest. A bear stops him and asks, "Why are you running?". The hare … Continue reading The Hare and the Camel