From the desk of Tateru Nino“Left” and “Right” are two of the most commonly used political designations in this, or indeed in any, country. And you know, they actually used to mean something once. Back in revolutionary France, the “left” was opposed to the monarchy, and the “right” were supportive of its traditional structures.

In the years since then, “left” and “right” as political terms have come to mean a lot of different things. What they have come to mean in practical terms, however, is either a mark of the political naiveté of the speaker, or are used as terms of opprobrium. In actual practical political terms, they’re now effectively meaningless.

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Jul 30 2011

One of the things that we tend to have overlooked over the last three decades – which, if you do a little research, turns out to have been a surprisingly calm and untroubled period compared to the years preceding it – is that nobody actually knows how to make a sustainable economy… well, sustainable.

There’s a number of reasons for this, but anyone telling you that they can do that is talking out of their hat. Throughout mankind’s history, we’ve never figured this out.

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"No wonder you're late. Why, this watch is exactly two days slow." One of the reasons that politics and religion are such perennial points of argument is that it is practically impossible to change one-another’s opinion on these topics by the use of words, or even the display of facts.

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Mar 21 2011

At no time in history has invasion been a less feasible task than it is now. In the past, it was possible to invade a country and overthrow its government, and then perhaps to withdraw with the country becoming a vassal state, ally, or just no longer a threat.

Those days are long past.

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