The Social Contract

"If one merchant or one group was as good as another in gathering information and guessing about supply and demand, the one able to operate with lower costs would gain larger profits. A very substantial part of costs was what had to be paid for protection and for insurance against losses that might be inflicted … Continue reading The Social Contract

The Story of Philosophy

“Tolerance grows only when faith loses certainty; certainty is murderous.”~ Will Durant Will Durant was a phenomenal writer, wise, astute, with a wonderful way with words and a particular ability to articulate complicated ideas with clarity. The Story of Philosophy is Will Durant at his best, spanning centuries of human thought, he brings long dead … Continue reading The Story of Philosophy

Vicious and virtuous

"Inn-Sewer-Ants: the translation of an Agatean concept brought to Ankh-Morpork by Twoflower. The idea was that a financial institution, upon payment of a yearly "premium", would guarantee reimbursement of loss of property due to fire or other disaster. This must have worked well in the Aurient, but Morporkians soon found the opportunity to reap windfall … Continue reading Vicious and virtuous

Inside and Outside the Walls

I've been thinking a lot about micro-fiefdoms and the putting up of pay walls and page gates and toll gates for a myriad of formerly free human interactions, in the digital and physical realms. For example: From public spaces to private city states (also think gated communities and company towns run by big tech companies … Continue reading Inside and Outside the Walls

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”

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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

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)