Monthly Archives: December 2019

Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) on Life Without the State

“Whatsoever therefore is consequent to a time of Warre, where every man is Enemy to every man; the same is consequent to the time, wherein men live without other security, than what their own strength, and their own invention shall … Continue reading

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Aristotle on Inequality

“The best constitution is one controlled by a numerous middle class which stands between the rich and the poor. For those who possess the goods of fortune in moderation find it “easiest to obey the rule of reason” (Politics IV.11.1295b4–6). … Continue reading

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Nothing Wrong with Changing Your Mind: Margaret Heffernan

Great piece in today’s UK Financial Times on the value of changing your mind. I try to do it all the time and this blog is all about some ways to do that. There is nothing wrong with changing your … Continue reading

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Climate Change Pessimism: Helpful or Harmful?

There is some debate in climate change circles as to whether there is too much pessimism on the subject and whether this is or is not helpful. My dark riff: I am always reminded of the Hungarian Jews. They had … Continue reading

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Impeachment in a Picture

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Democrat Weak on Push Back Strategy

It’s always funny to me as a sometime historian, how short memories are. We are investigating or have been the last three years the actions of a Republican President that seem to me to amount to treason: involving foreign powers … Continue reading

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Albert Camus Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

Time again for this 1957 speech: Especially this: “Each generation doubtless feels called upon to reform the world. Mine knows that it will not reform it, but its task is perhaps even greater. It consists in preventing the world from … Continue reading

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Ways to Argue: Rubbish!

I suppose I grew up in a very argumentative culture: the South Wales valleys where everyone loved arguing for the sheer joy of it. And also to get a better take on reality and politics and all. To learn via … Continue reading

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Some Good News

Some good news: insecticide treated mosquito nets distributed for free by aid programs saved 450 million lives from Malaria in the period 2000-15 according to Nature as cited in “Good Economics for Hard Times by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo”: … Continue reading

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Not Even Sites about Conflict Should Lack Pictures of Dogs

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