Category Archives: Aphorisms

Aphorism: Hayek on institutional development

Once the apparatus is established, its future development will be shaped by what those who have chosen to serve it regard as its needs. Advertisements

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Aphorism: Smith on Predation

I hadn’t seen this in Smith, when I read him, but it is worth quoting: All for ourselves, and nothing for other people seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of … Continue reading

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Not mine this time. From Jack D., at Sailer’s site at Every society has an all purpose diagnosis that is equivalent to “possessed by evil spirits” and an exorcism treatment to match, but we call it by different names … Continue reading

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A succinct summary statement

Watching the avalanche of information cascade through the internet following the release of the Podesta emails, I’m placing increasing credence in this succinct summary of how corruption works against human freedom: Paedophilia is a fundamental ‘cement’ that holds the networks of … Continue reading

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Get there first

It’s better for you yourself to challenge and overturn one of your false assumptions, than to have someone else do it for you (possibly, as George Orwell might say, on a battlefield).

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Narrative as the fabric of modern reality

Quotation from Tim Price, writing at the Mises Institute blog: Yuval Harari, in his excellent history of mankind, Sapiens, points out that just about everything in the infrastructure of the modern economy is either some kind of narrative or myth. … Continue reading

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What will it take? What form will it take?

Just what will it take – what is necessary, what needs to happen – for elite opinion in western countries to realise and acknowledge and admit that islam is a threat to everything – democracy, equal opportunity for all regardless … Continue reading

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Well said

The problem with conspiracy theorists is that, quite frequently, the theorists lack adequate imagination.

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Islamic Terrorism & Slothful Induction

From George Orwell, The Freedom of the Press: At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to say this, that … Continue reading

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Aphorism: Theory and Reality

From Razib Khan’s Gene Expression blog: The cognitive psychologist Pascal Boyer likes to characterize a theory as giving you “information for free.” You don’t really have to know anything, you can simply deduce from your axioms.

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