About Joshua Rosenblum

Phlegmatic paladin of the Enlightenment, Defender of Liberty hither and yon!

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  • Joshua shared from Knowledge and Power: The Information Theory of Capitalism and How it is Revolutionizing our World by George Gilder
    Socialism presumes that we already know most of what we need to know to accomplish our national goals. Capitalism is based on the idea that we live in a world of unfathomable complexity, ignorance, and peril and that we cannot possibly prevail over our difficulties without constant efforts of initiative, sympathy, discovery, and love. One system maintains that we can reliably predict and elicit the results we demand—whether it’s cost-effective windmill energy or efficient super trains or low-power, high-performance light bulbs. Capitalism asserts that we must give long before we can know what...
  • Joshua shared from Knowledge and Power: The Information Theory of Capitalism and How it is Revolutionizing our World by George Gilder
    Socialism is an insurance policy bought by all the members of a national economy to shield them from risk. But the result is to shield them from knowledge of the real dangers and opportunities in any economic environment. Rather than benefiting from a multiplicity of gifts and experiments, the entire economy absorbs the much greater risk of remaining static in a dynamic world. In a truly capitalist economy, with the risks chiefly borne by the individual citizens and entrepreneurs, and thus vigilantly appraised and treated, the overall system is more stable.
  • Joshua shared from Berlin 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Frederick Kempe
    Though Americans didn’t know it, the real purpose of his famous Oval Office rocking chair was that it helped relieve the throbbing of his lower back, into which doctors had been shooting procaine, a potent cousin of novocaine, for nearly a decade. Travell was also treating him for chronic adrenal ailments, high fevers, elevated cholesterol levels, sleeplessness, and stomach, colon, and prostate problems.
    Note: Jesus, 44 yrs old and this guy was falling apart.
  • Joshua shared from Knowledge and Power: The Information Theory of Capitalism and How it is Revolutionizing our World by George Gilder
    Whatever the inequality of incomes, it is dwarfed by the inequality of contributions to human advancement. As the science fiction writer Robert Heinlein wrote, “Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances that permit this norm to be exceeded—here and there, now and then—are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of society, the people slip back into abject poverty. This is known...
  • Joshua shared from No Matter What...They'll Call This Book Racist: How our Fear of Talking Honestly About Race Hurts Us All by Harry Stein
    Case in point: coverage of the Tea Party movement. That the left should have sought to portray as driven by racism a movement built around limited government and economic freedom—a.k.a., the nation’s founding principles—was pretty bizarre in the first place, but at least understandable, in the same way as the desert mole rat’s tendency when cornered is to run blindly backward; it is genetically encoded. But that the media would so readily collude in such a baseless slur surprised even some of its harshest critics. “Tainting the Tea Party movement with the charge of racism is proving...
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