Nature is beautiful!

This posted before the 2nd presidential debate in the USA.

It might be stormy but I don’t expect any beauty in it.

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“Culture and Political Psychology”

One of followers of this blog is a young, smart and beautiful woman. Her name is Thalia Magioglou.

She lives in Paris and we’ve never met. However, i follow her blog, we correspond and we became friends.

Recently she sent me a very interesting book. It’s title: “Culture and Political Psychology: A Societal Perspective.” Thalia is an editor and one of the authors of this book.

I read the book very slowly due to two reasons:

1) it is not easy to read (I am not a psychologist and did not even know that political psychology exists);

2) after each chapter I am doing my best to understand what an author said, how good was her/his research, what are conclusions.

Then I decide my reaction to a particular chapter. I don’t agree with everything but it is normal.

So far I read only 121 pages of 448. I found that the book is very interesting.

It’s a pity that it was not available 40 years ago and that leaders of many countries did not read it. So many terrible mistakes in all areas could be prevented!

I am going to tell more about ideas of this book and to answer to comments to my post HOW BAD ARE AMERICA AND CAPITALISM? in future posts.

I will also let you know summarised results of your choices of my pictures in several latest posts and will comment on them using information from the Thalia’s book.

Finally, I want to tell you that I went on Google to see if there is any review of this book. I was not surprised that somebody considered it one of the best books of 2014.

Please click HERE if you want to know more.

 

Sharing quotes

Elections are coming. It’s a good time to share quotes about politics and politicians with new followers and guests.

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

My old friend sent me a message with quotes of famous people.

Some of these quotes are well-known.

Here are the quotes:

If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these State of the Union speeches, there wouldn’t be any inducement to go to heaven.

~Will Rogers~

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.

~Nikita Khrushchev~

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it.

   ~Clarence Darrow~

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.

~Oscar Ameringer~

A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.

~ Tex Guinan~

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Several quotes about treaties.

Charles De Gaulle – “Treaties are like roses and young girls — they last while they last.”  


Benjamin Franklin – “Mad kings and mad bulls are not to be held by treaties and packthread.”

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I am sure you know what I have in mind. Any comments?

Quotes about opinions.

Some technological achievements have undesirable results.

For example, TV networks and other social media often manipulate facts and give their own opinions to the public.

Majority of young people today base their opinions not on facts  or knowledge or life experience but on what politicians and social media (who work for politicians) tell them.

That’s why it becomes almost impossible to discuss ideas and to solve common problems. That’s why our society became so divisive.

Please read the quotes below and comment on them. I’ll be happy to reply to your comments.

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Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.

Bernard M. Baruch (1870 – 1965)

Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)

The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holders lack of rational conviction. Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately.

Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)
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Elbert Hubbard (1856 – 1915)
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Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815 – 1902)
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Opinions founded on prejudice are always sustained with the greatest of violence.

Francis Jeffrey (1773 – 1850)

Quotes of George Bernard Shaw (1).

I know that bloggers are élite.

It is obvious that all of you know that George Bernard Shaw was a great man.

But it is quite possible that you know only about one or two of his life’s activities and achievements.

So I recommend you to read an article about George Bernard Shaw HERE.

I love many of his famous quotes. Below are several of them that are as valid today as they were valid during his life.

He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.

Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.

If any of you disagree with any of these quotes I will be very glad to see your comments and to reply to them.

Thomas Sowell and his quotes.

I just returned home from a nice party and found an email with Thomas Sowell’s quotes. I read all quotes and then went to Google to find out who was Thomas Sowell.

Here is what I found:   THOMAS SOWELL

Then I went back to the email and copied several quotes.

You can see them below and make your own conclusions.

“Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.”

“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”

“One of the consequences of such notions as ‘entitlements’ is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence.”

“I have never understood why it is “greed” to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else’s money.”

“When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.”
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“Weighing benefits against costs is the way most people make decisions — and the way most businesses make decisions, if they want to stay in business. Only in government is any benefit, however small, considered to be worth any cost, however large.”
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Quotes about politicians

My old friend sent me a message with quotes of famous people.

Some of these quotes are well-known.

Here are the quotes:

If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these State of the Union speeches, there wouldn’t be any inducement to go to heaven.

~Will Rogers~

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.

~Nikita Khrushchev~

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it.

   ~Clarence Darrow~

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.

~Oscar Ameringer~

A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.

~ Tex Guinan~

Nassim Nicholas Taleb – a man hated by many experts.

America has more Nobel laureates in economics than any other country. There are thousands of experts in universities, banks, brokerage companies, insurance companies, etc.

Thousands of people work for the government and tell our presidents and the Congress what to do to keep economy growing and to keep people employed.

There is also a mighty Federal Reserve System. It is the central banking system of the United States. “It was created on December 23, 1913, with the enactment of the Federal Reserve Act, largely in response to a series of financial panics, particularly a severe panic in 1907

The U.S. Congress established three key objectives for monetary policy in the Federal Reserve Act: Maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rates… The first two objectives are sometimes referred to as the Federal Reserve’s dual mandate… Its duties have expanded over the years, and today, according to official Federal Reserve documentation, include conducting the nation’s monetary policy, supervising and regulating banking institutions, maintaining the stability of the financial system and providing financial services to depository institutions, the U.S. government, and foreign official institutions…The Fed also conducts research into the economy and releases numerous publications, such as the Beige Book.”

With all this tremendous pool of experts how did it happen that the USA and many other countries were recently in the financial crisis and still are very slowly recuperating? Unemployment is still high, financial system is not very stable, interest rates are artificially kept very low and it especially hurts senior citizens.

Some people believe that it is a result of the fact that so-called experts in economics relied on the wrong economic models.

One of those people is  Nassim Nicholas Taleb. He warned long time ago that the way financial and monetary policies conducted was wrong and will lead to a financial crisis.

Who is this man? I will summarize what I know after reading information on the internet and after reading his books “Fooled by Randomness” (2001) and “The Black Swan” (2007).

Nassim Nicholas Taleb was born in a mighty and very rich family. Then the family lost almost everything. He got a good education and wanted to pursue his interests in economics, mathematics, philosophy. To be able to do what he wanted he needed  financial independence. So he applied his efforts and his knowledge to this particular purpose and made a fortune. At the same time he proved that his theories are valid and usable.

You’ll find more information about Nassim Nicholas Taleb in the article below. I hope you’ll find time to read the article. It is very, very interesting. 

NASSIM NICHOLAS TALEB

I have no doubts that Taleb is today’s intellectual giant, that his views on economics and politics, his philosophy must be studied and applied in our society.

However, as I mentioned in the title of this post Nassim Nicholas Taleb hated by many experts. He hated by many economists and statisticians because he states that their knowledge limited and not up to today’s changes in all areas of life, economy and science. He also hated by many politicians because he states that the policy of expanding government debt is leading to a catastrophe.

I think that it is a must to read mentioned above Taleb’s books. They are not written for experts. They are serious and very personal books written by a person who learned views of many intellectual giants before him and decided whom to believe and what to believe.

Below is an article about Taleb’s tweets. I enjoyed it. Hope you’ll like it too.

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