“The American Crisis 13” by Thomas Paine (April 1783)

“The American Crisis 13” by Thomas Paine (April 1783) “The times that tried men’s souls, are over and the greatest and completest revolution the world ever knew, gloriously and happily accomplished.” It’s very strange to go from the danger & tumult of war to the safety & tranquility of peace Let’s reflect on the transition… Read more “The American Crisis 13” by Thomas Paine (April 1783)

“Common Sense” by Thomas Paine (1776)

“Common Sense” by Thomas Paine (1776) Chapter 1 – Of the origin and design of government in general, with concise remarks on the English Constitution Society produced by our wants, promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections. encourages intercourse, a patron & a blessing Government produced by wickedness, promotes our happiness negatively by restraining… Read more “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine (1776)

“How Capitalism Was Built” by Anders Aslund – Chapter 2: Shock Therapy v. Gradualism

“How Capitalism Was Built” by Anders Aslund – Chapter 2: Shock Therapy versus Gradualism 28 countries totaling 400 million people were suddenly faced with a choice in political & economic systems Many intellectuals were pushing a “normal society”, meaning Western-style Democracy with a market economy, predominant private property, & rule of law East & Central… Read more “How Capitalism Was Built” by Anders Aslund – Chapter 2: Shock Therapy v. Gradualism

“How Capitalism Was Built” by Anders Aslund – Chapter 1: Communism & Its Demise

“How Capitalism Was Built” by Anders Aslund – Chapter 1: Communism & Its Demise (NOTES) Real Socialism Communist system was the most thoroughly politicized system the world has seen Political structure, undivided power or party & inter-penetration of party of party & state, suppression of all forces that depart from or oppose the party’s policy… Read more “How Capitalism Was Built” by Anders Aslund – Chapter 1: Communism & Its Demise