Saturday, November 12, 2016

Older Material Only

On the advice of both Nicholas Nassim Taleb and CS Lewis, I am not going to read anything current for a while.  I will use the internet for checking this sidebar, my FF team, some emails - especially the cross-generational beer night at the church - and the weather.  Nah, screw the weather.  I'll take what comes.

I'm behind in New Testament reading, so there's that. Some Chesterton and some Lewis that have been sitting there next to my chair.

In the meantime, I will say again that city-states are probably a more stable arrangement than nation-states, and we should gradually move in that direction if we can.  The Lindy Effect would say that because America has been around 240 years it will probably last another 240.  I think that's true, but I also think it will change as much in the next 240 as it did in the first 240.  Thirteen colonies, remember.  Not many laws about anything and not much federal power.  I still think the city-state model is possible within something that is called "America" and carries some of its democratic
intention.  Something like the Nine Nations of North America, perhaps, each with its own capital.  (I'm thinking Denver may not be the capital of the Empty Quarter anymore, as it is something of a California colony now.  Though maybe that's a feature, not a bug.)

England was something of a surrounding supportive territory of the city-state of London for quite some time.  The powerful all maintained some connection to the city and many lived there part of each year. This, even though England was among the most clearly-defined nation-states. 

However much we talk about reducing government, especially in Washington, it's just not going to happen, not under any president or congress, ever.  DC provides nothing but consolidation.  It will only be undermined by the growth of other consolidations of power:  New York, Atlanta, Houston, Kansas City, San Francisco.

Something to think about, as it's not happening anytime soon but may be in the cards, especially if there is some sort of serious economic collapse from debt.


james said...

I'll have to live a _very_ long time if I hope to catch up with my reading backlog. There's always something...

How old is "current?"

RichardJohnson said...

Similarly, there are very many books that I have on my reading list that I haven't gotten to. Turn AVI into a discussion group on books? I haven't read any Taleb books- just some articles- so that is one deficiency I need to address.

I didn't spend that much time following the election campaign. Been there, done that. I made no predictions on the election, as I didn't know. I told myself that I wasn't going to follow the election, but ended up looking online around 11 p.m., and the news sucked me in.

KCFleming said...

I'm almost done reading Antifragile.
Wow, what a great book. Inspires considerable reflection.

Christopher B said...

I just can't look away from the Leftist train wreck.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

Christopher. They still have assets.

Grim said...

"No contemporary material" is solid advice. Only rarely make time for books written since 1900, and of those mostly fiction, I would say.