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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Overheard in Karate Class

You can always find someone better than you, or with more experience, but you should never find someone who works harder than you.

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Posted by on January 30, 2013 in Free Will, Mind

 

Class Warfare

I’ve heard it said that the middle class exists to protect the truly wealthy from the poor.

What say you, true, false, or unfairly worded statement?

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2013 in Capitalism, Politics

 

Illusory Meaning

There’s nothing I like less than bad arguments for a view that I hold dear.”
– Daniel Dennett, a gentleman who believes regarding something as “dear” is a result of chemical reactions.

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2013 in Free Will, Metaphysics, Mind

 

Communication and Liberty

I’m not normally a big Confucius guy, but I found this resonant:

When words lose their meaning, people lose their freedom.
– Confucius

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2013 in Liberty

 

GDP Fetish

Interesting quote in the WSJ today:

He has what I call the “GDP fetish”—the belief that increases in GDP are good whether or not they represent increased production of things that people actually value. If the government spends $100 billion digging holes and then filling them back up, then GDP can rise by $100 billion or more even if the $100 billion is totally wasted. Some stimulus projects, in fact, are little better than hole-digging. One example I noted on a recent visit to Detroit is the tearing up of sidewalk corners to make them wheelchair-friendly, even though the sidewalks themselves have so many craters that people in wheelchairs use the roads instead.

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2013 in Capitalism, Liberty

 
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Kim Dotcom’s Epic Tweet of Irony

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Posted by on January 19, 2013 in Capitalism, Intellectual Property, Law, Liberty