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THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION EVER?

THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION EVER?

Today I’d like to introduce you, if you haven’t read it, to one of the best science fiction books ever, and even if you don’t like SF, you should read this book.  It’s of the same quality as 1984 and Animal Farm, and I’m promoting this book to the top three of ‘political science fiction’ books, along with Orwell’s two classics.  It’s also a great work of fiction, a novel which...

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TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR STUDENTS

TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR STUDENTS

Sean Abrahams from the University of Cape Town has asked me to say briefly my advice to students wishing to develop their potential and possibilities.  Here are my Ten Commandments:   1. Do your own thing. Yes, I know. It’s very 1960s. But it’s very 2010s and 2020s too. Even more so.  Because today if there is one thing which depresses me about people in their teens and twenties, it...

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IN PRAISE OF REVOLUTIONARY CONSERVATISM

IN PRAISE OF REVOLUTIONARY CONSERVATISM

I had a most interesting and gratifying experience last week in Stellenbosch, South Africa, where I attended the Freshers Event at the University.  This is a very long tradition – each year at the start of their university degree, the freshmen and freshwomen at each college create a song and dance routine to entertain each other, their parents, and anyone who wants to attend.  The...

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THE FALLACY OF LOYALTY

THE FALLACY OF LOYALTY

Corporate loyalty – the idea that you should be loyal to a corporation and it should be loyal to you – is a lie, at best a benign illusion that belongs to the past; at worst, a crude attempt at manipulation and a denial of the virtues of the market. But there are other kinds of loyalty, and these are the essence of good living. The Fallacy of Corporate Loyalty When I joined Shell...

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TOWARDS THE POST-PROTESTANT WORK ETHIC

TOWARDS THE POST-PROTESTANT WORK ETHIC

Guest Post by Marx Acosta-Rubio Can we get beyond the Protestant work ethic, which Richard damned, in a recent post? Richard says that hard work does not equal success, and isn’t even desirable. IF hard work isn’t the key to success, then what is? But I’d like to propose something different – the ‘Post-Protestant Work Ethic’. 1. Maybe we need to redefine the term...

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IN PRAISE OF INACTION

IN PRAISE OF INACTION

“I’ve looked in history for heroes who became heroes for what they did not do, but it is hard to observe nonaction; I could not easily find any.”  The inimitable Nicholas Nassim Taleb, of course. Here are three off the top of my head. Probably the greatest was Otto von Bismarck, Chancellor – prime minister – of Prussia from 1862, then in supreme power for twenty-seven years, as Prussia...

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