“On the Nature of Things” Book 3 by Lucretius (1st Century BC)

“On the Nature of Things” Book 3 by Lucretius (1st Century BC)   1-30 Lucretius is following in Epicurus;s footsteps even many years later, in another country, in another language He feels the desire to imitate Epicurus’s work & help spread his word around the world He enjoys reading & re-reading all Epicurus’s work because… Read more “On the Nature of Things” Book 3 by Lucretius (1st Century BC)

“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)

“On the Nature of Things” Book 2 by Lucretius (1st Century BC)

“On the Nature of Things” Book 2 by Lucretius (1st Century BC) 1-62 It’s comforting to watch another ship fight the sea & wind while yours is calm, not because you rejoice in others’ struggles but because it reminds you of how nice it is to be free from struggle yourself It reminds you that… Read more “On the Nature of Things” Book 2 by Lucretius (1st Century BC)

“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

“Measurement” by Norman Robert Campbell (1880-1949)

“Measurement” by Norman Robert Campbell (1880-1949) Measurement is important because so many sciences are math-based & require it for measurement But explaining what it is is harder – its use, its rationale & this is an attempt at that What is measurement? wasn’t around until a high degree of civilization appeared but today we’re all… Read more “Measurement” by Norman Robert Campbell (1880-1949)

“Introduction to Arithmetic Book 2” by Nicomachus (c. 100 AD)

“Introduction to Arithmetic Book 2” by Nicomachus (c. 100 AD) An element is the smallest thing that can be analyzed letters are elements of speech & writing sounds are elements of melody 4 elements: fire, water, air & earth –> elements of the universe Equality is the elementary principle of relative numbers 1 & 2… Read more “Introduction to Arithmetic Book 2” by Nicomachus (c. 100 AD)

“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