Class Interest

The rich may be perfectly happy identifying with each other across national, religious, or ethnic lines, as Renoir so memorably captured in Grand Illusion, and as we see today, I hazard, in the friendship between Jared Kushner and Mohammad Bin Salman. But not the poor. And why would they? The rich bond because of their […]

Climate Change and Nietzschean Entropy

Nietzsche celebrated the exceptional creature, which can evolve only when insulated from competition, from the mob, over millennia. The narrowness of the environment, and the narrowness of the competition, to which that creature is subject induces the focus in adaptation that is the key to greatness. It is the key to Angraecum sesquipedale and Morgan’s […]

Capitalisms

I’m an engineer by training. I’m a very systems, process, methodical decision maker. He’s an entrepreneur. Different mind-set. Management runs publicly-traded companies like ExxonMobil. Owners run private firms. The former are bureaucracies, the latter, fiefs. The former are a progressive invention, the latter much older. There is managerial capitalism, and then there is finance capitalism. […]

The Illiteracy of the Literate

The complex feelings of lawyers and humanist scholars with respect to quantitative subjects, and particularly the quantifization of the social sciences, ought to give them greater empathy for the illiterate and uneducated. The humanist scholar is to the scientist as the illiterate are to the literate. The illiterate view books with distrust, for books are […]

Power and Work

Ease should be your measure of power. You are sovereign over all things that you find easy. How strange that when we think about power, we often think about things that we find hard to do! It’s hard, for example, to become President. But that tells you something about your power, doesn’t it? Often we […]