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I love commerce. Commerce and technology define the "modern world." Both thrive on meritocracy, diversity and openness.

Updated: 2017-11-16T11:24:48-08:00


Understanding hysteria


I have lived through many hysterias. Four come to mind. The first was the view that children were being kidnapped at dangerously high rates. Nearly all Americans believed that 100,000 children were being abducted every year. The most important consequence was that parents wouldn’t let children walk to school alone or play outside by themselves. This had a vast impact...

Now that my book is finished


It is time for me to think seriously about the conditions that could stop the modern world. Only the United States and Israel have broadly meritocratic societies. Japan is the only close second. So the modern world can't arise from anywhere else. One thing is obvious to me: pharmaceutical and medical appliance businesses are the source of all important medical...



All my adult life, and for the decades when I was deeply involved in politics, I knew one simple thing about government and business. At last, and for the first time, I heard it from a president of the United States. A truth that only Donald Trump can say publicly and clearly. He said this in Poland on July 6th,...

A Trump for mayor, senator and governor


I’m waiting to see Trump-like candidates appear all over the U.S. at the state and local level. What is ‘Trump-like’? * A Trump candidate is honest. He or she can use hyperbole, intelligent people can recognize hyperbole while the Left and the media go berserk hearing it. * Honest and simple statements. Select common language thoughts and structures. This never...

The old religions and the new ones


Observation leads to the following: all the gods and god-like views of traditional religions found around the world are unrelated to anything uniform or universal. Yaweh, Jesus, Allah, Confucius and Bodhisattva are radically different in general and in their particulars. Individuals have different views of god and within religious groups individuals only have clusters of ideas they agree upon. Traditional...

Brain freeze


Over the years and in a variety of blogs I have tried to answer the question of why so many people I know are still juvenile Marxist thinkers. Even late in life. I finally answered the question for myself by remembering a hippy meme about the 100th monkey. The meme was spread by a friend of mine, Lyall Watson. The...

Huey Newton


This is part of my series on people and events in my life. This is the most surprising. Between 1971 and 1981 I spent time with Huey at least a dozen times. The first time we met, I was introduced to him by Dick Baker Roshi the abbot of San Francisco Zen Center. They had become friends because Huey had...

The Most Important Book in Human History


As promised. The book I wrote summarizing my blogs of the past 16 years, 5,914 blogs, is now at Amazon in an ebook format ($4) and a paper ($7.50) version. The title of the book is the title of this blog. The book is really a monograph, 43 pages. A wonderful review comes from the brilliant Bookwormroom blog. Here is...

Dan White, the whole event


Four friends and two experiences give me a unique perspective on the issue of Dan White. Dan White shot Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk on a Monday morning in San Francisco 1978. It was Monday November 27th. Both George and Harvey were acquaintances of mine. But they are not the four relevant friends I am talking about here....

History, Search engines and our Bill of Rights


Having read much about Holland, especially the work of Jonathan Israel, I am very aware that the Dutch conquered England in 1688. It was the biggest naval offensive up to that time and the biggest until the Normandy Landing in 1944. After the Dutch put William of Orange and his wife Mary Queen of Scots on the throne, the two...