People study the nature of things to understand possibilities and manage risk. The currency of the scientist, economist, and entrepreneur is reality. Complex systems like cancer are being confronted with a new network of enemies armed with and old theorem.
About Mark Shupe
Mark Shupe is a contributing author at Center for Individualism. He is also an investment strategy advisor and fitness instructor. Mark studied economics and finance at the University of Notre Dame. His writing passion includes the history of Western Civilization, the moral case for Capitalism, and the promise of Individualism.
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Grueling science has taught us that the relationship between space and time is like a flexible fabric that should be understood and appreciated. Science also teaches us that the relationship between creative minds and free markets is also a flexible fabric, but need not be so grueling to discover.
Their plan is a “simple idea” that “could strengthen our economy, benefit working class Americans, reduce regulations, and protect our natural heritage.” And it could give pigs wings, freeze hell, and invent water.
Victor Hugo asks, “Who set cold white panes in place of that stained glass of gorgeous hue? An architect, on the plea of good taste, amputated it.” And one might also ask, what has become of the 10th Amendment to the US Constitution, the one that guarantees federalism? Our progressive masters, on the plea of the common good, amputated it.
Don’t try to predict the future. Try to anticipate possibilities, achieving balance between competing priorities, and capacity for risk. Be flexible. A heart rate monitor is a tool to that helps the user find the optimal energy zone for long-term health and vitality. Economic tools for investing perform a similar function.
Today’s category-of-one brands are dominated by businesses creating amazing new technology. But these businesses can quickly morph from a network of prolific entrepreneurs to a hierarchy of opportunists. As such, the largest big data firms have rejected the entrepreneurial principles of individualism and free markets.
The expert plan for enhancing Velib bike-sharing has earned a lot of detractors and so it will get more expert planning. Iowa has earned a lot of fans for its hospitality, rolling terrain, and network of two lane paved roads. They were never planned for cycling and no one complains.
Nobody planned the global capitalist system, nobody runs it, and nobody really comprehends it. This particularly offends intellectuals, for capitalism renders them redundant. It gets on perfectly well without them.
Little words matter a lot. As cultures evolve so do languages. New words and meanings are added while others are dropped. Nouns and verbs may change most, but it is not a good idea to override pronouns in conformity with changing social pressures. Authoritarianism begins with people’s attempts to control the ideological and linguistic territory.
Freedom now means freedom from want, equality means equality of outcomes, and progress means political correctness. That’s how today’s social justice warriors have been taught to think. That they allow themselves to be mobilized so easily is evidence of their fealty to their postmodernist masters.
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