Keeping a dialog going here. An experiment. I think lots of comments should help round out the whole system, so pointing to what is left out is valuable.
We need to have the mentality of protecting and developing what is ours, not what is mine alone. I am thinking of Puerto Rico and Mexico and Korea.. and..Is some version version of a less religious christianity possible? These people are our people, not just today, but six weeks from now,, six hundred years from... Continue Reading →
Optimism comes either from weak thinking, .....or from a serious understanding of the difficulties to be overcome.
It is important to bear in mind that Adam Smith was at a cross roads in thinking, between a literary and a newtonian approach to understanding society. The imperative in economics. and much of intellectual life in current times, is toward calculability, which requires assumptions of stability, which is politically conservative. The needs of “big... Continue Reading →
Each person spends most if each day improving their circumstances. They look, bob, weave, connect this and leave that. The whole of humanity is made up from these local acts. Each person sees the world, close or far, from the perspective of their own lifelong achievement, their life, their art. They are up for, interested,... Continue Reading →
In today’s seminar on Edinburgh there was a tendency to assume the primacy of the individual over the group, to think that the individual without relationships, enters into a relationship with others by a free act. This, so the thinking goes, creates the group and allows for things like morals and sympathy. The alternative view... Continue Reading →
Provocation 103, Smith between two worlds. Smith is like Einstein: the image is so powerful that we do not see much of what came before or after. Adam wrote at a time when interest in all things human was shifting to interest in science and quantification. History has treated him as more the source of... Continue Reading →
The danger is that all the professionals and siloed agencies will rush in with the plan of rebuilding to match the past. It would be much better if we could first think of the goal (kind of society) and then plan on how to get there, taking into account further likely disruptions (eathquakes, plagues) and... Continue Reading →