Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Inglorious Few

In high school I studied history and was amazed I suppose at this 10,000 year catalogue of human folly. Then briefly I discovered economics and thought markets were rational. That lasted about a year, until I studied economic history (which … Continue reading

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Top Ten Conflict Tips: Sun Tzu (544BCE-496BCE Traditional Dates)

Long overdue for one of our Top Ten Conflict Tips from Great Thinkers, here’s Sun Tzu’s: Why is it that President Bush 2 and Donald Rumsfeld do not come to mind when reading this? If you know the enemy and … Continue reading

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Obama Reads Iran Better than His Critics: Edward Luce

  An excellent analysis of the Iran Nuclear deal by someone whose views I always respect, writing in the UK Financial Times Those whom the gods will destroy they first make mad. Critics of Barack Obama’s Iran deal have been … Continue reading

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How to Live: A Life of Montaigne (1533-92) by Sarah Bakewell

My favorite biography is probably Sarah Bakewell’s wonderful “How to Live: A Life of Montaigne (1533-92) in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer” Her 20 Chapter headings/answers are illustrative of the book: 1) Don’t worry about death 2) … Continue reading

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Fight, Flight, Freeze or Grow? David Whyte on Run!

I like the work of the British poet David Whyte, especially his book The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul at Work. Here is another piece on a key issue in conflict: when to run away: RUN … Continue reading

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