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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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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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Orwell versus Huxley: John Lanchester

Good piece in UK Financial Times: insightful Orwell v Huxley: whose dystopia are we living in today? John Lanchester on how Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four capture the age of Facebook and Trump  The modern world looks to many … Continue reading

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The Price of Populism: Martin Wolf

Been silent recently: democracy dies in the noise. Some signal in the noise: FT Books Essay Economics books  Add to myFT The price of populism. Anti-elitism threatens liberal democracy and capitalism. Martin Wolf asks: Is reform the answer? Populist forces … Continue reading

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The Medium is the Message: Historical Impact of New Technologies

New media are usually haled as a major step in the spreading of enlightenment and knowledge. However: In 1487 two Dominican Friars Heinrich Kramer and Jakob Sprenger published “Malleus Malificarum”, (Hammer of the Witches) the definitive treatise on why someone … Continue reading

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Twelve Rules for Life as an Alternative to Jordan Peterson’s

 Conservative Canadian academic psychologist Jordan Peterson (1962-) is currently all the rage, especially, apparently among resentful young men. I don’t know any of the latter so I will take peoples’ word for it. His You Tube talks have gone viral … Continue reading

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“The Doomsday Machine” by Daniel Ellsberg

Well the bad news: I just finished probably the most disturbing book I have ever read: Daniel Ellsberg’s “The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear Planner”. It’s main findings: (My own from his: we are lucky still to be here … Continue reading

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