Archive for May 2010

On Terrorism – Part 1: What’s It Good For?

2010/05/25

This will be a 2 part series. In part 1 I will look at terrorism from the point of view of the terrorist. I will ask ‘what’s terrorism good for?’ In Part 2 I will look at terrorism from the point of view of society. I will ask ‘how do we end terrorism without ending liberty and privacy, using what we learned in part 1?’

PART 1

Now that all the blathering about the failed bombing in Times Square has cooled down, I would like to ask a practical question: ‘what is terrorism good for?’

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On Greed: How to Not Take the Bad With the Good?

2010/05/20

Greed is the spur to action for many of our businesses and leaders Without their greed, we wouldn’t have as much production or as high a standard of living. Greed has been recognized as a good thing going back,at least, to the English and Dutch mercantilism of the 1500s, if not earlier. Since then, influential people such as Increase Mather extolled what Max Weber later called the Protestant Work Ethic, and Adam Smith who implicitly praised greed and its role along with the invisible hand of markets.

But sometimes, greed goes too far. The events of recent years show us the need for reforms:

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