“Freedom is the capacity to pause in the face of stimuli from many directions at once and, in this pause, to throw one’s weight toward this response rather than that one.”
I doubt anyone noticed my absence, but I was away from “civilization” for a few days. Upon my return Monday evening, I was disheartened to see that there’s still no civilization back here in “civilization.”
Where do you go to get reliable accounts of news, weather, and sports? I recently surveyed my students in 4 computer literacy classes regarding this information. On reviewing the results, I stressed to them that a “good” source was no better than its reliability, and furthermore its alignment with the goals of the seeker.
The Back Story 026 looks at the ever-present broken window fallacy.
A substantial part of my jagged career was spent in the vineyards of the property and casualty insurance business. I learned that, in its principled form, true insurance was only possible where every unit was equally exposed to a loss.
Imagine that, following the earth being hit by a giant asteroid, the government mandated that every person must wear a helmet and carry a shield whenever they were outside of a building as a means of protecting themselves against the threat of future asteroid strikes.
The Back Story 025 looks at the life saving nature of so-called “price gouging.”
Which of the following is morally and economically preferable?
These days we get warnings, graphics, and hyperbole. I have a friend on Daufuskie Island, in Georgia, who says the worst part is the waiting. I suspect the waiting would be tolerable without the handwringing and flatscreen teevees.