Posts filed under “Philosophy”

Discuss . . .

Via XKCD

Category: Philosophy, Really, really bad calls

Where Sea Monsters Live

Last weekend, I got into — or more like watched — an interesting finance debate related to specific policies, websites, officials and analysts. All the usual suspects were covered. One person went on and on about central-bank planned economies, manipulated currencies, debasing of the dollar, gold,  HFT, etc.  “Its all a Ponzi scheme” he declared,…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Investing, Markets, Philosophy, Psychology

The New Economic Order?

> Over the weekend, Josh Brown directed me to this monthly commentary from the Eclectica fund, which had the very interesting chart, above. (Full Eclectica Fund April 2012 commentary is here). The issue with the graphic above is that we have no real comparative history by which to judge this. It seems to be a…Read More

Category: Federal Reserve, Investing, Philosophy, Psychology

Here’s to the Lazy Ones . . .

“Here’s to the Lazy Ones. The halfwits, the bumblers, the square pegs in the round holes. The ones who don’t see things at all. They’re not fond of rules (can’t remember them). They have no respect for the status-quo, which they think its Latin for Fendi. You cannot quote them, as they say little that…Read More

Category: Philosophy, Psychology, Really, really bad calls

RIP: Facts (360 B.C.-A.D. 2012)

This is the single cleverest thing I expect you will read all weekend: Facts, 360 B.C.-A.D. 2012 In memoriam: After years of health problems, Facts has finally died. A quick review of the long and illustrious career of Facts reveals some of the world’s most cherished absolutes: Gravity makes things fall down; 2 + 2…Read More

Category: Philosophy

Breakdown of Worlds Religion

Via National Post

Category: Digital Media, Philosophy, Weekend

Mike Wallace Interviews Ayn Rand (1959)

In this engaging 1959 interview, her first on television, Ayn Rand capsulizes her philosophy for CBS’s Mike Wallace. The discussion ranges from the nature of morality to the economic and historical distortions disseminated about the “robber barons.” She also comments on her relationship with Frank O’Connor, provides some autobiographical information and gives her perspective on the future of America.

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Ayn Rand Mike Wallace Interview
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Part 2

Category: Philosophy, Video

Why Not . . . ?

Awesome debate smackdown line, in the comments section of Barron’s: “Now that you told us how you feel, why not tell us what you think?” Really caught my eye . . .

Category: Philosophy

Ten Pillars of Economic Wisdom

Nice piece I came across in Library of Economics and Liberty. There is not a lot to disagree with these. My one caveat about all such rules is that are a rough framework for conceptualizing the world, and are neither gospel nor a mantra. Reality does tend to intrude from time to time, making these…Read More

Category: Philosophy, Rules

Mary Matlin’s Economics

Paul Kasriel will be retiring from The Northern Trust Company on April 30. In the last month of his tenure, he plans to share some of his parting thoughts on economics. He begins with this humdinger: “Now, on to Mary Matalin. I saw her on one of the cable news shows on Wednesday defending Republican…Read More

Category: Humor, Philosophy, Politics