Category Archives: Reflections

Straßen unter einem schwachen Staat

Wer das Leben unter einem schwachen Staat ausprobieren möchte, dem kann ich Paraguay wärmstens empfehlen. Der paraguayanische Staat interessiert sich fürs Absahnen (wie alle andere), aber grundsätzlich für fast nichts anderes. Der Staat macht sehr wenig, das absolute Minimum. Continue reading

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Proper Names

“The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper names” Intriguing quote often attributed to Confucius, where “proper name” is the translation used for 正名. It brings to mind the convolutions of meaning we find in Newspeak, reminding … Continue reading

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The Importance of Caring

What happens to a person when he ceases to care about his or her fate? What happens to groups? In his book Descartes’ Error, Antonio Damásio makes a strong case that emotions are the mechanism which helps translate the survival urge into good decision-making. Without them, chaos results. Continue reading

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Statism & Violence

In today’s statist age, the right to self-defense is very easily forgotten. It is also forgotten that violence is a trademark of a statist society. The more statist the society and outlook of the inhabitants, the more violence is the result. Continue reading

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For those who minds are filled with elections

Are you sure that the whole show is worth taking seriously? Think about it. After all, you seem to have a pretty good grasp of what is going on…. so why not follow the rabbit down the hole to the obvious conclusion? If it’s all a game, then… why play along? Continue reading

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Derivatives vs the Printing Presses

What if Zimbabwe and Weimar had had derivatives, allowing those in-the-loop to short their own rapidly inflating currencies? Continue reading

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Breaking the “IP” Taboo

I must admit having found Jeffrey Tucker’s November 19, 2009 lecture on the Evils of Intellectual Property to be a relief. Like so many others, I never was able to embrace the concept of so-called “intellectual property”. I think I never … Continue reading

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