Know yourself!
God created Man in his own image,
Water is the element and this is the origin....
War is the father of all things.
He didn't' want to seem best,but to be so.
Seeing the high Gods by her beauty's lure
There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.
...until political greatness and wisdom meet in one,
It follows that the state belongs to the class of objects
One's country is wherever one does well.
...that devil, envy did all the mischief,which the bad bear unto the good,
But if one should guide his life by true principles,
Give me chastity and continence, but not just now.
Ah God! Had I but studied in the days of my foolish youth.
If all evil were prevented, much good would be
Man was created by nature in such a way that reason might dominate the senses
...how we live is so far removed from how we ought to live,
...a kingdom is best entrusted to someone who is better endowed than the rest
In a state of nature we have....no arts, no letters, no society,
I think, therefore I am.
The only possible fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.
He whose honor depends on the opinion of the mob
Legislation considers man as he is in order to turn him to good uses in human society. Out of
to "live in Ease, Without great Vices, is a vain
It is fortunate for men to be in a situation in which,
That action is best, which procures the greatest happiness
All is for the best in the best of possible worlds.
How small - of all that human hearts endure - that part which laws or kings can cause or cure.
Man is born free, and everywhere he is in fetters.
It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner,
Out of timber so crooked as that from which man is made nothing entirely straight can be built.
I offer you "...this picture of the human species, liberated from all chains, freed from the empire
...the age of chivalry is gone. -That of sophisters, economists, and calculators, has succeeded;
And yet all grandeur, all power, all subordination rests on the executioner;
The principal object of the present essay is to examine the effects of one great cause.
But even as we contemplate history as this butcher-block,
One has attributed to history the task, to judge the past, and to instruct the present to the benefi
Human societies are at the same time organisms and mechanisms.
It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied;
Nothing is easier than to admit in words the truth of the universal struggle for life,
...the theory of the Communists may be summed up in a single sentence:Abolition of private property
Life is essentially appropriation, injury, overpowering of the weaker, suppression, hardness
Society is a reality sui generis; it has its own characteristics which one does not find,
The characteristic of the moment is that the mediocre mind,
...behold the bustling crowds that work and trade in order to make a living..."
And it's not clear to me Who is a beast now, who is a man.
Whereof one cannot speak,thereof one must be silent.
The Human Genome Project "is the grail of human genetics... the ultimate answer to the commandment,
History is a violent elimination game, minimizing A/P.
If there is one of you who has not sinned, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.
In short, there are three things that last, faith, hope and love;

...behold the bustling crowds that work and trade in order to make a living...

NameJoseph A Schumpeter
Life1883 - 1950
"When I was young, I wanted to become the world's greatest economist, the world's best horse rider and the world's most seductive lover. Unfortunately, ladies and gentlemen, I did not become the world's best horse rider. And now, we will study economics...." Those are the words with which Joseph Alois Schumpeter introduced his autumn lectures to his Harvard students half a century ago. He did become the greatest economist of his century. If you are sick, you don't care much about your doctor's likes or dislikes; you want him to have a deep medical knowledge, as that is what might cure you. "Behold the bustling crowds..." It sounds a bit elitist. It was. But from the point of view of "knowing ourselves" it is utterly sound. A serious social scientist should analyze the world as if he was sitting on the moon observing a heap of ants. Only in that way can he find the right diagnosis for our social ills. For Schumpeter, the "innovating entrepreneur" is both hero and villain of the social plot. His fame rests upon what he found, when he beheld the bustling crowd. It is his idea of the "innovator". The hero is not the simple inventor. He is not merely a businessman. He is the courageous man "in between - entre" them, the one who chooses a new idea from an inventor, who has the courage to risk his own and other people's fortunes in order to introduce a new product or process on the market, or, even better, who introduces a new idea, like the Internet, that changes the whole market. "In all things human, change is sweet", said Aristotle. "In all things economic, innovation is King", we might say today. Why king? Because innovation is what gives us the food that feeds the stream of new children. The Schumpeterian capitalist innovator can be seen as
the father of the fourfold increase in the global population between 1900 and 2010. While Marx - wrongly - made the capitalist a hunger-creating villain, Schumpeter - rightly - made him a hero fighting the dragon of hunger. But...:Schumpeter also appointed him the villain. His concept of "creative destruction" is today as famous as, and, indeed, a consequence of, the actions of the "innovating entrepreneur". All creative innovations destroy what is old and obsolete. A new machine kicks out the old one, as well as the man who tended it. Those who benefit from the creative part of the process do well, sometimes extremely well. Those who are hit by the destructive parts of it suffer. New gaps arise. Behind innovations is intelligence. Intelligence also gives the flexibility, helping us to adjust to ever-faster technological changes. Increasingly the new gaps are related to the differences in intelligence. "Capitalism", Schumpeter also said, "inevitably and by the very logic of its civilization, creates, educates and subsidizes a vested interest in social unrest." Today, when the process of creative technological innovation can destroy whole economic sectors and nations at an ever more volatile pace, is it not time to innovate some serious protection for those who suffer from it? And, in the name of human justice is it not the time to correct the injustices of nature, especially for those who were unlucky when the mental cards from the genetic deck were dealt? Perhaps it is time for something like a guaranteed basic income for all the people on the globe. Because if we who have been lucky are not able to take care of the victims of our creative destruction, might not the "social unrest" Schumpeter predicted come back on a global scale?


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