Individualism is not antisocial.Read More
How the Tea Party and Occupy movements degraded into the divisive Trump and Bernie Revolutions now clashing in the streets.Read More
To attack the division of labor is to attack civilization itself.Read More
An Austrian Economist and an American JournalistRead More
It Is More Than a Moment, and It Is Unstoppable.Read More
"And that, my dear Odysseus is civilization: the division of labor, wealth, peace, and even…”
“Don’t say it!”
“Why raid, when you could trade?”
“T…. t… trade?”Read More
Whatever one thinks of the current plight of the 99%, throughout almost all of history, things were much worse for the vast majority of the population. In precapitalist ages, the average member of the economic 99%, if lucky enough to survive infancy, was consigned to a life of back-breaking work and poverty, constantly on the verge of famine, disease, and death.
The only individuals who did not have such a wretched life were the "1%" of old. This economic 1% was virtually identical with the state. It was made up of the French kings, the English lords, the Roman senators, the Egyptian viziers, and the Sumerian temple priests. The members of this elite lived in Olympian splendor: servants at their beck and call, as much food as they could possibly want, spacious homes, an abundance of jewelry, and a tremendous amount of leisure time.Read More
Any productive inequality between two parties makes for ongoing exchange opportunities and the greater productivity of the division of labor, the preservation and intensification of which make for the importance of social bonds.
In ancient Greek mythology, Eris, the goddess of strife, was often a villain. It was her scheming that led to the Trojan War, which, as Homer said, made "many a hero … prey to dogs and vultures."
In ancient Rome, Concordia, goddess of social harmony, was one of the most dearly loved deities. Often the Romans would dedicate a new shrine to her after a civil strife was ended.
Which goddess has the greatest sway over the doings of men? Which state of affairs is the most natural? Concord or discord? Harmony or strife?Read More