“Can Capitalism Survive?” Ch. 1 – The Rate of Increase of Total Output by Joseph Schumpeter (1942)

“Can Capitalism Survive?” Ch. 1 – The Rate of Increase of Total Output by Joseph Schumpeter (1942) Capitalism already has 2 strikes against it with a lot of people with respect to economics & cultural results In fact, it’s a breach of etiquette not to condemn it You have to point out its inadequacies &… Read more “Can Capitalism Survive?” Ch. 1 – The Rate of Increase of Total Output by Joseph Schumpeter (1942)

“On Swift” by William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

“On Swift” by William Hazlitt (1778-1830) Swift’s ability as a poet is often overlooked because of his ability to write prose If he had never written “Tale of a Tub” or “Gulliver’s Travels”, he’d still be known as a poet Dry humor, agreeable morality, exquisite tone of irony, touching pathos blended with satire “Description of… Read more “On Swift” by William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

“What Is a Classic?” by Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve (1804-1869)

“What Is a Classic?” by Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve (1804-1869) It all depends… if someone I trust recommends it to me, I’ll give it a whirl – all my attention & give my honest opinion The English have been writing essays for non-personal opinions – abstract & moral – should be moderate & leisurely – not… Read more “What Is a Classic?” by Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve (1804-1869)

“Our Costume” by Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1851)

“Our Costume” by Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1851) Let women stay in their cocoons until they’re ready to come out & fly Leaving behind petticoats, etc. & just deal with all the jokes, mean words & disapproving looks The dress makes women look like dolls on velvet couches Like people with no part in life, no… Read more “Our Costume” by Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1851)

“Marriage Protest” by Lucy Stone & Henry Blackwell (1855)

“Marriage Protest” by Lucy Stone & Henry Blackwell (1855) We urge others to protest laws about marriage that give the husband unfair powers, including: Custody over the wife’s person Exclusive control & custody over their children Sole ownership of her personal property & real estate Rights to the fruits of her labor Laws give a… Read more “Marriage Protest” by Lucy Stone & Henry Blackwell (1855)

“An Essay on Modern Education” by Jonathan Swift (c. 1720)

“An Essay on Modern Education” by Jonathan Swift (c. 1720) After a lot careful reflection, I’ve come to conclusion that the wealthier you are, the worse your education is & if the whole world were under just one king, his son would be the dumbest person to have ever lived It wasn’t always this way… Read more “An Essay on Modern Education” by Jonathan Swift (c. 1720)

“Declaration of Sentiments” by Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1848)

“Declaration of Sentiments” by Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1848) [Mirroring the language of the Declaration of Independence] We’re at a time where we’ve got to start questioning if it’s right that half the population speak up & change its role Natural rights & God’s will require it Men & women are self-evidently equal & have rights… Read more “Declaration of Sentiments” by Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1848)

“The Anti-Slavery Movement and the Birth of Women’s Rights.” Chapter 2 in Women, Race and Class by Angela Davis (1983)

“The Anti-Slavery Movement and the Birth of Women’s Rights.” Chapter 2 in Women, Race and Class by Angela Davis (1983) Frederick Douglass credits women with being one of the largest proponents of the abolition of slavery He was also a prominent women’s rights advocates This led to much ridicule Women joined the anti-slavery movement Harriet… Read more “The Anti-Slavery Movement and the Birth of Women’s Rights.” Chapter 2 in Women, Race and Class by Angela Davis (1983)

“Human Rights Not Founded on Sex” by Angelina Grimke (1838)

“Human Rights Not Founded on Sex” by Angelina Grimke (1838) Thinking about slaves has made me realize abolition is the highest moral cause of our time Humans have rights because they are moral beings Since they all have the same moral nature, they all have the same rights They’ve been taken from slaves but not… Read more “Human Rights Not Founded on Sex” by Angelina Grimke (1838)

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 13 – Employing Spies

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 13 – Employing Spies Marching an army of 100000 men 300 or so miles means spending 1000 golds pieces a day These men will be away from their families & farms affecting 700000 families Armies can remain in a stand-off for years Generals… Read more The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 13 – Employing Spies

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 12 – Incendiary Attacks

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 12 – Incendiary Attacks 5 types of incendiary attacks to incinerate men to incinerate provisions to incinerate supply trains to incinerate armories to incinerate formations Choice depends on the conditions at the time You must be prepared to attack in advance Must be… Read more The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 12 – Incendiary Attacks

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 11 – Nine Terrains

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 11 – Nine Terrains Different types of terrain: Dispersive terrain – when feudal lords fight in their own territory Don’t engage the enemy here Light terrain – entering into another’s territory but not deeply Don’t stop here Contentious terrain – advantageous to whomever… Read more The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 11 – Nine Terrains

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 10 – Configurations of Terrain

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 10 – Configurations of Terrain There are 6 kinds of terrain Accessible – free to both you & the enemy. Be there before the enemy in high & sunny spots. Guard your supply lines Entangling – can be abandoned but hard to reoccupy.… Read more The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 10 – Configurations of Terrain

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 9 – Maneuvering the Army

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 9 – Maneuvering the Army Encamping the army & observing the enemy’s sights: Pass quickly over mountains & stay near valleys Camp in high places facing the sun Don’t climb mountains & hills to fight Once over a river, get far away from… Read more The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 9 – Maneuvering the Army

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 8 – Nine Changes

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 8 – Nine Changes After you receive orders from the ruler. unite the army & assemble the masses, know these: Don’t camp on a difficult terrain Unite at a crossroads Don’t stay on an isolated terrain Make plans for an encircled terrain Learn… Read more The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 8 – Nine Changes

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 7 – Military Combat

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 7 – Military Combat General strategy for employing the army: General receives command from the ruler, unites the armies, assembles masses, confronts the enemy Difficult to turn the circuitous to the straight & turning adversity into advantage If you can do this, you… Read more The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 7 – Military Combat

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 6 – Vacuity & Substance

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 6 – Vacuity & Substance Getting to the battle first to wait for the enemy’s arrival puts you at ease If you have to run far from the conflict, you’ll be tired A winner forces men to do things & isn’t force To… Read more The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 6 – Vacuity & Substance

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 5 – Strategic Military Power

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 5 – Strategic Military Power If you fight with large numbers, learn to simplify things by dividing your army into a few units In order to withstand the enemy, you’ll need the orthodox & unorthodox An army smashes the enemy because of the… Read more The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 5 – Strategic Military Power

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 4 – Military Disposition

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 4 – Military Disposition In the old days, to get good at war, you had to become unconquerable while waiting for the enemy to be conquerable Being unconquerable is your job Making you conquerable is the enemy’s job You can’t make the enemy… Read more The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 4 – Military Disposition

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 3 – Planning Offenses

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 3 – Planning Offenses Preserving the enemy’s capital is best Destroying it is second best Preserving the enemy’s army, battalions, companies & squads is best Destroying them is second best Winning 100 battles isn’t as good as subjugating the enemy’s army without fighting… Read more The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 3 – Planning Offenses