Category Archives: Thoughts

Music for advent


Advent is a time for self-examination, protest and mourning; whilst we wait for the warm and abundant hope of Christmas. This song is an unorthodox but fitting accompaniment. Curtis Mayfield People Get Ready.

Trust, business and taxes


Trust is the oil of commerce. Imagine popping out to buy some milk in a trustless world: “…the refrigerator is locked. When you’ve persuaded the shopkeeper to retrieve the milk, you then end up arguing over whether you’re going to hand the money over first, or whether he is going to hand over the milk…. Read More

Fight the monopolists


Free markets create some perverse situations, mostly because humans are not the perfectly informed rational utility maximisers that economists pretend we are. Chief among perversions, is the tendency for printer manufacturers to sell us printers at below their real cost, followed by printer cartridges that cost more than the printer did, complete with expensive chips… Read More