Articles: Pause and Think

Civil Disobedience

05 March 2009


 

Two acts of civil disobedience in the twentieth-century history of the United States: (1) In the 1920s much of the population decided to ignore the constitutional prohibition on alcohol consumption, and (2) in 1980s they decided to ignore the 55-mile-per-hour speed limit.

Their decisions ultimately destroyed those restrictions, which failed because the cost of enforcement especially surveillance, was incompatible with a free society.

~ Here Comes Everybody, by Clay Shirky

A penny will hide the biggest star

31 March 2005

solar eclipse

A penny will hide the biggest star in the Universe if you hold it close enough to your eye.

~ Samuel Grafton

It isn't that they can't see the solution

31 March 2005


The poor in Singapore

It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.

~ G.K. Chesterton

The rich would have to eat money

31 March 2005


LKY birthday

The rich would have to eat money if the poor did not provide food.

~ Russian Proverb