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Today is the biggest national holiday around here, and I celebrated by going shopping with a friend. She was looking for a new phone–preferably a smartphone. Naturally, we went to the phone district. Dozens of shops were decked out in … Continue reading
According to standard economics, a voluntary transaction benefits both the buyer and the seller (in expectation, anyway). Yet there are many transactions that are widely condemned, and even banned–if they occur at the market price. Consider the following examples: vote … Continue reading
tl;dr: Effort expended to re-divide the pie is wasted effort, from the impersonal perspective of economic efficiency. I know! It’s paradoxical, but it’s true. And yet folks (including this blogger) don’t always apply it. The other day I had a … Continue reading
I’m finally back from my vacation. I spent some time in the old country, and then moved on to one I’d never visited before (in Scandinavia). I realized something about myself on this trip. I don’t actually like museums! For … Continue reading
I apologize for the long absence. I’m abroad, see, and don’t have much time for the Web. I’ll try to be back at the end of the month.
Of what relevance is Stoicism to people today? To answer that we answer the question with at least a modicum of coherence, let’s first define our key terms. Stoicism: The ethical paradigm propounded by Zeno and his successors. (There’s a lot … Continue reading