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Early in his academic career, [Paul] Schervish was a committed Democratic Socialist. But around 1990, he began interviewing wealthy people and decided that his Marxist instinct to criticize the rich was misguided. “I realized good and evil are equally distributed … Continue reading

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What does it mean to be the wealthiest country in Central America?

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http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf Thank you, steel manufacturing companies, and thank you, chemical processing companies, for giving us the time to read. —Hans Rosling Totally good point about how the mechanisation of the rich world has allowed us to have so many professors, … Continue reading

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“They don’t have money for a gym membership. They don’t have money for a 24-hour gym pass. This is a ghetto pass. They work out in the ‘hood. A lot of these guys are creative, because they’ve been incarcerated. They … Continue reading

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Rednecks by Randy Newman (Source: http://www.youtube.com/)

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Grothendieck came to consider the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques at Bures a gilded cage that kept him away from real life. The solidarity of outcasts had created in him a strong feeling of compassion. Grothendieck had always been uncomfortable … Continue reading

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The inequality of personal well-being is sharply down over the past hundred years and perhaps over the past twenty years as well. Bill Gates is much, much richer than I am, yet it is not obvious that he is much … Continue reading

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