Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Matt Ridley - The Rational Optimist

 Matt Ridley talks about the advent of trade and how the collective brain creates prosperity.


One of the great things about capitalism is - If you're opposed to capitalism, if you're opposed to free trade, no one is going to force you to participate. -- Tim Lebsack


"The greater the mental charlatan, the more definite his insistence on the wickedness and weaknesses of human nature. Yet how can anyone speak of it today, with every soul in a prison, with every heart fettered, wounded, and maimed?... With human nature caged in a narrow space, whipped daily into submission, how can we speak of its potentialities?"
-- Emma Goldman

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." -- Margaret Mead

"Intellectual slavery, of whatever nature it may be, will always have as a natural result both political and social slavery." -- Mikhail A. Bakunin



  1. Tim: I love your quote on capitalism. And it's oh so true! Unlike communism, Marxism, or even tyranny where we would have NO choice!

  2. PDH - thank you !!
    I've been using similar statements quite a bit with my socialist friends. I suggest to them that they form their own little commune sharing healthcare with each other but they love me so much they refuse to do it without my participation.