The foreign, defense and trade policies of the United States and the overt and covert operations designed to implement and support them have, over the last 80 years or so, had profound effects on the world. I used to think those effects were positive on the whole. Like so many other foreign consumers of American … Continue reading Endgame
Jules Monnerot [1909–1995] was born and spent his early years in Martinique where his father (also Jules) was a lawyer and left-wing activist. Jules Monnerot, fils went from being a Marxist in his youth to being a cold warrior after World War 2, subsequently moving further to the right. Some see him as having been … Continue reading Jules Monnerot and the concept of “secular religion”
A confusing and (arguably) confused article about time which appeared late last year at The Electric Agora prompted me to set out a few of my own thoughts on perceptions of time and time and language. There is the physics of time (that is, time as it is dealt with and understood in the context … Continue reading Speaking of time
Terms like “pragmatism” as it applies to philosophy and the history of ideas – most isms really – are intrinsically vague and useful only to the (necessarily limited) extent that they help to bring out persistent or more fleeting strands or commonalities in thinking within or across populations. Even the views of individuals are often … Continue reading A few thoughts on intellectual history, abstraction and values.
In a letter to a friend I briefly outlined my current investment situation and strategy. It's important, I think, to maintain a steady and realistic perspective on the general situation in financial markets both for practical, investment-related reasons and also for understanding current affairs. Politics, economics and finance are inextricably intertwined. It helps me to … Continue reading Investment decisions; geopolitics
The first move was tentative. He "just wanted to pick up on a tangential point" regarding what I had been saying. But this was merely a lead-in, a toe in the water. Joe Smith was responding to a mildly polemical piece that I wrote recently for The Electric Agora. "I was simply making a correction … Continue reading A case study in noncommunication
I once claimed that all the best people are dead. Such an assertion, taken at face value, is little more than a rhetorical flourish or provocation. Just a little hyperbolic, you could say. Compare and contrast the stated views of John Cleese. Informed by an interviewer in September, 2017 that he (Cleese) was “very, very old”, the … Continue reading Accentuating the negative