Friday, March 25, 2011

They also work who only sit and wait

Everyone has their own pace of digesting the arguments and feeling they are their own person in engaging, whenever that happens... otherwise it could be a miserable experience to try to interact in any kind of challenging way... it's also like math in that the slowest can become the most effective because they've done more low-level grappling with the basics and thus understand how most people really think through the issues than the quick study types. I'm sure there are some silent ones who are going to end up tremendously effective and influential in philosophy.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

How to Get Rid of Your Competition

The pressure that induces governments to regulate does not come from reformers bemoaning abuses by powerful business interests. It comes from the business interests themselves, asking government to shield them against the harsh winds of competition.

Redacted from Dan Smoot, The Business End of Government

Friday, March 04, 2011

Wild Wild West

She threw away the key. And woe to the calamitous curiosity which might peer just once through a crack in the chamber of consciousness and look down, and sense that humanity rests upon the merciless, the greedy, the insatiable, the murderous, in the indifference of their ignorance---and in their dreams hanging on the back of a tiger.

In view of all this, where in the world does the urge for truth come from?

--redacted from Nietzsche, 1888