Tuesday, February 14, 2017

If I am to show you how to do something, I must, unfortunately, also tell you what the difficulty is.

Friday, February 10, 2017

This is a work of fiction.

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Thursday, February 09, 2017

Basic income will not work as a fiscal policy, a welfare program. It will work as a monetary policy: a way of creating money, not as private and public debt, but as purchasing power for everyone, rendering the welfare state obsolete.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

The Killers

The same people who want our leader to call another country's leader a "killer" are outraged when he admits that he, too, has killed—that we, too, have killed.

Friday, February 03, 2017

There's no particular providence in the fall of an apple.

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Pace Isaac Newton. See Ken Robinson's "The Book of Nature" in Into Another Mould. Routledge, 1992, p. 87.)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

What you would know, you must first understand. Who you would master, you must first obey.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Do not think you can understand if you feel you cannot obey.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

To know a thing, we must understand its nature. To master people, we must obey their culture.

(And what of our own selves, you ask? And what of our bodies? "In ghostlier demarcations, keener sounds.")

All science is natural science. All politics is cultural politics.

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Cf. Jonathan Mayhew.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The facts determine the results of our acts. Acts, we might say, resolve themselves into facts.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

"Poetry," said Auden, "might be defined as the clear expression of mixed feelings." Philosophy is the tenuous* expression of distinct thoughts.

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*I tried a "intense", "terse" and "coherent", before hitting on this. The pangrammatical supplement of "clarity" is "intensity". The words tenet, tense, and tenuous share the same root, namely, "to stretch". So we can here capture the pangrammatical point, and also reproduce the "tension" (!) between "clear" and "mixed". Very satisfying exercise.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Learn to understand your reasons. This is wisdom. Be free to obey your passions. That is love.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Marcelaise

When life is, literally, the search for lost time.