Monasteries of the Mind

I love this concept. It feels familiar for the UK, too. Via Execupundit: “More and more Americans today are becoming Stoic dropouts. They are not illiberal, and certainly not reactionaries, racists, xenophobes, or homophobes. They’re simply exhausted by our frenzied culture.” Read the full essay, here.

Alcohol and caffeine built society

Kurt’s Cultural Offering reveals why the best ideas come at the end of a fine dinner – alcohol and caffeine built society. “If alcohol inspired agriculture, caffeine jumpstarted progress. While the Chinese drank caffeinated tea as far back as 3,000 B.C., the discovery of coffee is dated to 15th century Yemen. Trade with the Arab world […]

Echoes through time: on lost time and space

“Strategy is the art of making use of time and space. I am less chary about the latter than of the former; space we can recover, time never.” Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 – 1821) (via Execupundit’s Michael Wade)

Curses on your adversaries – @execupundit

Not that we’d be so juvenile as to curse those who stand in our way, but there are moments when these would be handy, courtesy of Execupundit: May they form a coalition. … May they place their faith in what worked before. … May they have many goals. Print out and keep the full list […]

The relevance of Ayn Rand – @ASI

Eamonn Butler, at the Adam Smith Institute, discusses the increasing influence of Ayn Rand 35 years after her death.  

Layman, Rhone and Confucius

Steve Layman quotes Patrick Rhone from his new book, Enough: “ “If one treats the space where they work as sacred then, in kind, all of the items in that space should be there to support the purpose at hand… …Determine those times and spaces that are sacred to you.  Only allow items and tasks within to […]

The Gig Economy in retreat?

With recent rulings against Uber and Pimlico Plumbers, it would be tempting to conclude that the Gig Economy is in retreat. There are other cases in the pipeline, including Deliveroo and CitySprint. In reality, these should just be teething troubles. Back in 1937, Ronald Coase (in The Nature of the Firm) showed why firms exist in the first […]

Echoes through time: Rising for the work of man

“At day’s first light have in readiness, against disinclination to leave your bed, the thought that “I am rising for the work of man”. Marcus Aurelius (121 – 180), Meditations (Book 5)

If your mood is low – Nicholas Bate

He has something for every occasion. Here, Nicholas Bate has the cure for those occasional, but inevitable, low moments: 2. A walk would be good. Long. Rain or shine. And your dog would love it to. 4. Escape into a novel. Read the rest, here.

How a picture helps you pay your taxes

James Lawther at Squawk Point has an interesting post on the impact of pictures on vehicle relicensing rates. The trial was grounded in the work of UK Government’s Behavioural Insight team which is, in turn, informed by the work of Richard Thaler (co-author of the influential book Nudge). Imagery is an important part of story-telling and […]

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