Simplicity – Part 3

If something is bought economists consider it a good thing, as it supports business. Advertising teaches us that buying things brings happiness. (It actually works for me once in a while for a few moments until the thrill wears off. Of course, you then have to buy something else to keep it going. Thankfully, I’m […]

Simplicity. Simplicity. Simplicity. Part 3

  I got the title for this series of posts form Thoreau. Here is the full quote. “Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand. Instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.”   The concept […]

Simplicity Simplicity Simplicity – Part 1

  I once had ambitions to get my doctorate in economics. I even took a few graduate level classes at the U. of Mass., and was accepted to American University in their PHD program. I chose not to do that for reasons that are beyond the scope of this post, but if you are interested […]

Threads: Part 2

There is no easy way out of this conundrum. Civilizations have always risen and fallen. There is no reason to assume that the present state of affairs is immune to that.  The present era has all the ingredients for a decline: rulers are corrupt; wealth is hoarded; militarism continues unabated; land is not cared for. […]

Threads – Part 1

by Terry Plotkin Different threads of history weave through time simultaneously. One thick strand runs as follows: Powerful elite factions vie for dominance and lord it over those they dominate. These self-appointed rulers employ the brightest minds, arm the best soldiers, and control the flow of information to make them smarter, shrewder, and meaner than […]