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The Source of Terrible Ideas, and Great Ones
Within the last several years, maybe before, ideology that developed in elite academic circles leaked into public affairs and is now driving forward life itself, ruining careers and lives and making inroads into the conduct of civil society itself. Andrew Sullivan, in an incredibly prescient piece, describes the ideology this way: "The core truth of our society is a system of interlocking and oppressive power structures based around immutable characteristics like race or sex or sexual orientation." What has this done? https://www.aier.org/blog/source-terrible-ideas-and-great-ones
It was great to catch up with Ron. I was honored to host a dinner for him last night in Cancun, and give tribute to the role he played in inspiring me and also a global movement. There was something special too about the champion of the gold standard attending a high-end crypto event.
Andrew Sullivan: We All Live on Campus Now
I'm following this Andrew Sullivan piece point by point. I too used to think that the campus problem was isolated, walled off, and irrelevant to the culture at large. Not so. The walls came down and now public life is dominated by the ideology Sullivan describes thusly: "the core truth of our society is a system of interlocking and oppressive power structures based around immutable characteristics like race or sex or sexual orientation." A powerful if depressing piece. The target here is liberalism.
John Perry Barlow’s Tips for Being a Grown Up
I've been writing about John Perry Barlow since he died this month, and I'm delighted to find this: 25 Tips for Adult Behavior. Very wise. Be patient. No matter what. Don’t badmouth: Assign responsibility, not blame. Say nothing of another you wouldn’t say to him. Never assume the motives of others are, to them, less noble than yours are to you. Expand your sense of the possible. Don’t trouble yourself with matters you truly cannot change. Expect no more of anyone than you can deliver yourself. Tolerate ambiguity. Laugh at yourself frequently. Concern yourself with what is right rather than who is right. Never forget that, no matter how certain, you might be wrong. Give up blood sports. Remember that your life belongs to others as well. Don’t risk it frivolously. Never lie to anyone for any reason. (Lies of omission are sometimes exempt.) Learn the needs of those around you and respect them. Avoid the pursuit of happiness. Seek to define your mission and pursue that. Reduce your use of the first personal pronoun. Praise at least as often as you disparage. Admit your errors freely and soon. Become less suspicious of joy. Understand humility. Remember that love forgives everything. Foster dignity. Live memorably. Love yourself. Endure. https://lifehacker.com/john-perry-barlow-s-tips-for-being-a-grown-up-1822847961
What Is a Price?
A price is a point of agreement. No more, no less. It cannot be deconstructed. It cannot be understood apart from human choice. It has no moral component to it at all. It is not about equality, justice, labor, or cost. It is just a price. Every price in a market is the right price, right now. Whatever the price is in an hour, day, week, or year, is also the right price.
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