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The Law: Bastiat

Posted in Articles,Podcasts by Ziggy Sunday December 15, 2013 at 20:31

“The Law” by Frederic Bastiat

Full text (translated to English) can be found under the link above.

My own audio recording of the same. It’s free!

I have read this book several times now, and it always produces a fury of righteous indignation, and an encouragement to justice and liberty. To read it is to understand, as the text is so simple that I can not imagine any serious misunderstanding arising from it. However, Bastiat does fail on several points, mostly in the direction of personal refutations which are, to the current audience, largely irrelevant. Even so, the timeless nature of the text shines through these odd moments. I highly recommend anyone interested in political discussions peruse this little gem.

If time is scarce, one may omit the second half, as it is largely a refutation of the role of “classical education” in the downfall of enlightened society. As such education has been largely abandoned, I find it markedly less useful than the other parts of the text. Still, for those who are curious about the disadvantages of classical culture, this text also provides an interesting perspective on the topic. If you pick up the text again for the last few paragraphs you will not have missed much of material importance.

I have no doubt that this text is an education to itself in the foundations of governance. Ignore it at your peril, and enjoy it when you can!

Cascading Failure: Lumber Edition

Posted in Other,Short Stories by Ziggy Wednesday December 4, 2013 at 13:27

Sometimes things just seem to “go wrong”. My suspicion is that this is a result of putting off solving problems until they build up and overflow into non-related areas. Here’s an example from today.

I need to shoot in a part with the laser tracker in building B. Sadly, the genius laser tracker guy is out of the country (doing laser tracker stuff), and the backup genius is also overseas. There’s a few standby marginally competent laser tracker guys on the project, but they can’t figure out my part.

So we went to get help from another project. (more…)

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