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The Dream of Eden

Yesterday I ordered a book that I read many years ago, but now think I need to read again: The Pursuit of the Millennium by Norman Cohn, first published in about 1975. Cohn once summarized his work by explaining that … Continue reading

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Fascism

50 years ago, as a 20-year-old architectural student, I got interested in energy conservation, and the idea what was then called “autonomous housing”, which was the idea of building houses that used very little expensive coal/oil/gas energy to heat them. … Continue reading

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The Possessed

From time to time I get possessed by ideas. And throughout 2018 I’ve been possessed by a new idea. It’s an idea about ice ages. And my idea was that when, as periodically happens, the Earth gets covered in ice, … Continue reading

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Affairs Of State

My Idle Theory of politics is that, in busy societies, most people are simply too busy to interest themselves in affairs of state. They will be for the most part happy to delegate the authority to make decisions in these … Continue reading

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The Idle Theory of Government

In Idle Theory, all wealth is idleness. And economic growth is growth in social idleness: as the economy grows, people need to do less and less work to stay alive. And so, over time, thanks largely to technological innovations – … Continue reading

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Fanatical Genes?

One of the very interesting features about online social media like YouTube has been the appearance of online pundits like Alex Jones and Jerome Corsi and Michael Savage and Lionel Nation and Jordan Peterson. There are hundreds of them. They … Continue reading

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Jane Austen Was Right

I was listening yesterday to the left wing Claire Fox in conversation with the right wing James Delingpole, when something she said caught my attention. As I listened, I had the vague idea that I had once been invited to attend … Continue reading

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