Theodore Roosevelt, Citizenship in a Republic
Robert A. Heinlein
I’ve become enamored with Will Durant’s series Story of Civilization.
Okay, I’m window-shopping at the moment, because I’m nowhere close to getting through the 10,000-page beast of a series that it is.
But I am 30 pages into the summary, The Lessons of History, written by Durant himself. It summarizes all that he learned in writing the incredible series. And the summary is actually starting to make me think that reading through 10,000 pages of history may actually be a goal I should set for myself.
Case-in point: the Table of Character Elements:
I won’t comment on this, but I think it’s worth gazing at it. Taking it in. Thinking about it. And then really being introspective.
Keep in mind that Durant was a very holistic, human historian. Most historians focus on a single domain like politics or economics, or a single time period like the Holocaust or the French Revolution. Durant went WAY past that: he intended to cover virtually all of recorded human history from all angles. He wrote eleven thousand-page volumes and passed away before making it very far into the 1800s.
That’s insane. Can you imagine ever even thinking that you might want to consider doing something so substantial? Durant himself calls any endeavor to holistically summarize a history of the world a ‘brave stupidity’ and even wrote an entire chapter called Hesitations that humbly explains that his work is probably not sufficient.
Yet, the sheer depth and breadth of his work is mind-boggling. The amount of exposure this man had to human nature is probably among the highest of any human being ever. It’s also worth noting that he had this exposure as a historian, so presumably he wasn’t expecting extraordinary profit or power from his observations.
It’s well worth considering what he has to say.
Will Durant, The Lessons of History
Leo Polovets, discussing a tour of SpaceX headquarters
Faisal Shahzad, Times Square bomber
(Source: The Huffington Post)
Hunter Lewis on the Mises blog, commenting on the skyrocketing cost of college:
Whenever government subsidizes demand without increasing supply, prices inevitably rise, and this was no exception.
Makes sense to me.
Sam Parker on Buzzfeed
Frank Schaeffler of the Finance Committee from the German parliament:
We should have competition in the production of money. I have long been a proponent of Friedrich August von Hayek scheme to denationalize money. Bitcoins are a first step in this direction.
And if a US politician said this, you better believe he’d be shot. Or, at least shunned from
the media politics forever.
Rich Hogan, wealth advisor, Merrill Lynch
Few things captivate me more than the direction of labor markets. JIT/on-demand scheduling and extreme cost-cutting measures like increased reliance on temporary workers as well as the tendency to offer few benefits (if any) are impacting real people in real ways every day.
This is a part time position with hours varying M-F 6a-8p.
How shitty is that? Forget about the minimum-wage pay…they own your life.
From my research, this place's practices are the norm, NOT the exception.
US Privacy Study Commission, 1977