Why Business Success is a Mix of Skill and Luck. A review of Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell.
Why ‘The Individual’ is a muddled idea. (From one viewpoint, the ‘average individual’ is a bronze-skinned hermaphrodite less than 5 feet tall. That comes from taking your abstractions a few degrees too far. )
Why Trotksy’s politics achieved nothing solid. Noting his clever observation that the Bolshevik / Menshevik split was between ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ politics, but is inability to derive useful politics from this. And the interesting similarities and difference between him and Mao.
The Limited Light of the European Enlightenment. The ways in which its aims were very different from what we have now. And how modern science tells us that Nature rambles and the moon don’t care.
Contraditions In Human Nature Make ‘Rational Self-Interest’ Unworkable. Even if people could be the ‘rational agents’ of Modernist thought, they’d still face the ‘Disagreement Between Anyone and Everyone’.
Market-Dominating Minorities Across the World. Jews in Europe as just one example of a global pattern.
Sir James Goldsmith: Rich, Loud and Ignorant. And how a lot of success was due to luck, including an unforeseeable bank strike in France that saved him from bankrupcy.
The World as a Global Night-Club. Written in connection with the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. But making the general point that ‘global society’ is much more like a night-club than a village. People can see each other but mostly do not know each other.
Why I Call It a Global Night-Club. Expanding the idea.