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You have exhausted my patience

The one thing you can depend on everybody, is that he is going to put his interest above yours. It’s strange: It almost seems that Milton Friedman only came to realize that “truth” during the interview from which that quote … Continue reading
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Do You Need the World or Does the World Need You?

This is apparently an “existential” question. The main difference is this: If you need the world, then you derive meaning by experiencing life. If the world needs you, then your activity and ideas have an impact on the world. Essentially, … Continue reading
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The problem is often troubled families in troubled circumstances

Please read “The Epidemic of Mental Illness” and “The Illusions of Psychiatry” — the clincher (don’t worry — it’s not a “spoiler“): In view of the risks and questionable long-term effectiveness of drugs, we need to do better. Above all, … Continue reading
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Provisional Operational Definitions of Society vs. Community vs. Culture

I want to simplify — and one thing that bugs me time and again are concepts related to the definition of society vs. community (and also these two vs. culture). Ideally, it would be great if these terms could be … Continue reading
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Cringely argues that maybe Americans don’t deserve privacy

I agree: People do not deserve to be isolated. Instead, I believe people deserve to be cared for. I can find where convicted sex offenders live in my neighborhood, but I can’t find my local Adam Lanza. And maybe that’s … Continue reading
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Life After Democracy

Another aspect of the new-world Cult Scene is the fact the people no longer need to participate in things they are not interested in. You can join those things you want to join, and you can pass by those things … Continue reading
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Experience is retarded

I just read a great post by Jeremiah Owyang about “The Four Elements of Career Management in Business” — highly recommended, but I have some issues with it. First, the Founding Fathers had no experience in democracy. Neil Armstrong had … Continue reading
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A more powerful internet could unleash economic and social possibilities

Yes, and — according to Al Gore: we need to protect the freedom of the internet against corporate control by legacy businesses that see it as a threat, and against the obscene invasions of privacy and threats to security from … Continue reading
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The Social Plague: How to make society go kaputt — simply by believing that it sucks

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If we pretend that the scientist lives in a different world than the businessman, or that they live in a different world than the politician, the preacher or the exterminator, then we only fool ourselves

It is very easy to pretend that other people behave in a criminal manner without taking any responsibility for being a part of the circumstances that shaped that person’s life.
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