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. […]

Shambles

I do not know which is more telling of American decline, the fact that China is willing to invest in bridges, while we are not, or that, rather than marvel and praise, we comfort ourselves with the notion that only a third are really being used, and all the building could lead to a financial […]

Firestarter

“[T]here is a noticeable increase in the amount of charcoal (a proxy for fires) in sediments in the western Pacific Ocean deep sea cores starting 12 to 7 Ma[.]” —GEOL 204 How the reed defeated the oak Is a story you don’t want to hear, If you think that we are a menace, You’ll learn […]

Irresponsibility

Biden: “They seek a return to a world where the strong impose their will through military might, corruption or criminality — while weaker neighbors fall in line.” How can you be in politics that long and not think military might has something to do with our global influence? I mean, the only country that has […]

Self-Determination as Imperial Policy

I am much concerned these days with self-determination as a bad thing in American foreign policy. By self-determination I mean the notion that we should support whatever groups wish to be free. The Kurds in Turkey. The Tibetans in China, and so on. By a very fortunate coincidence, the more we promote freedom of this […]