Tag Archive: politics

History and Fortune

From a certain, and extremely common perspective, history can be seen as the rise and fall of individual leaders. According to this perspective, the story of Rome did not belong to the people… Continue reading

On the Responsibility of Rulers, and the Ruled

We all make bad decisions sometimes. Usually these bad decisions have minor consequences. Maybe you took a wrong turn in traffic and got stuck somewhere. Maybe you decided to eat fast food several… Continue reading

To Control Others, or Control Yourself

Power is important. Everyone knows this. Yet few of us seem to know what power really is. There are different types of power, or course, but are they interchangeable? Can electrical power be… Continue reading

Advice from Ancient Warfare

In ancient times, when people needed to think strategically, it was less about personal beliefs, and more about defending themselves from scary, foreign armies. Still, some of their techniques can be useful for… Continue reading

The Things We Forget

Memory is a funny thing. We rely on our memory, even though it is clearly not all that reliable. We all remember things that aren’t important, but that’s not a problem. It is… Continue reading

Preferred Source of Noise

Different people have their own preferred source of background noise. Some people like nature sounds, like crickets or thunderstorms. Other people like to work with music in the background. Plenty of people can… Continue reading

The Real Problem with Slavery

First off, let me be eminently clear: slavery is not only wrong, it is evil. There is no justification for holding an innocent person in captivity and making them labor against their will.… Continue reading

Governments are Humanity’s Children

Humanity is the oldest institution. There weren’t any institutions before humans invented them. It is easy for us to forget this, because as individuals we don’t really live very long. Each of us,… Continue reading

You Are Who You Vote For.

The phrase, “you are what you eat,” is a mantra of the healthy/pious crowd. I never liked it much myself, because it implies if I want to be human then I have to… Continue reading

Ordeals of Power

The relationship between rulers and the ruled has always been contentious at best. Who gets to be in charge? Why them, and not someone else? Is power a burdensome responsibility, or is it… Continue reading

The Best of All the Systems

For thousands of years Mankind has been trying to figure out the best way to get along. Every oppressive policy, and every liberating ideology, is at its core an attempt to find a… Continue reading

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