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  1. Trust

    Published: Tue 22 December 2020
    Updated: Tue 22 November 2022
    By steve

    In misc.

    22 Dec 2020

    The progressive and never ending erosion of trust in our fellow men

    Humans evolved in small extended family groups. Our brains are wired to get to know around one hundred and fifty individuals, and know them well enough to know whether or not they are trustworthy. Primitive …

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  2. Removing statues and cancel culture

    Published: Sun 29 November 2020
    Updated: Tue 22 November 2022
    By steve

    In misc.

    Thomas Picton

    The man himself

    Thomas Picton is a controversial figure. He fought bravely for his country, for which he’s remembered in a statue in Cardiff. He was also involved in slavery and, at least by modern standards, inhumane behaviour during the time he was governor of Trinidad. A campaign has been …

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  3. Growing old with dignity

    Published: Sat 19 September 2020
    Updated: Tue 22 November 2022
    By steve

    In misc.

    State and family

    We voluntarily give up a lot of our income to the state. Public spending is now 55% of GDP, which means that, on average, more than half of the income of the population is spent by the state, and therefore not available for discretionary spending. As we …

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  4. google cloud shell

    Published: Sun 23 August 2020
    Updated: Tue 22 November 2022
    By steve

    In misc.

    Google Cloud Computing

    I like to drop into a shell from time to time. Like the old hacker I am, for minor edits I find nothing more convenient that vi (pax Stallman). I don’t necessarily want to log a PC around with me wherever I go, so I wondered …

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  5. The forgotten man

    Published: Wed 19 August 2020
    Updated: Tue 22 November 2022
    By steve

    In misc.

    August 19th

    Sorry for the truncated content today. I got a bug that laid me low.

    The man who is never thought of

    I read this in the blog of the amazing Rudy Havenstein today. It is reminiscent of Hazlitt or Bastiat. You can read it and a number of …

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  6. Martin Gurri on the Revolt of the Public

    Published: Thu 28 May 2020
    Updated: Tue 22 November 2022
    By steve

    In misc.

    I love long-form interviews, especially when driving or otherwise unable to read. I listened to The Econtalk Episode in which Russ Roberts talks to Martin Gurri about his 2014 book, “The Revolt of the Public”. You can read the highlights here.

    The basic thesis is that Poltical Taylorism has had …

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  7. But who will pay all these wages?

    Published: Mon 18 May 2020
    Updated: Tue 22 November 2022
    By steve

    In misc.

    Who will pay?

    We seem to be returning to the 30s. But this time populist governments are desperate to keep voters on board. So they have no option but to cushion unemployment. The big debate of the 30s was whether this would put off the evil day when the economy …

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