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July 2016 Blog Posts (2)

In Defense of Difficult (and Why Hegel Matters)

A Defense of Difficulty 

From time to time readers complain that my essays and posts are too long and too difficult to follow.  They are long and difficult, I agree, but I do not agree that length and difficulty are a fault of the writer.  I would even suggest that readers have become lazy, expecting new and complex ideas to be delivered with the brevity and wit of a good twitter post (were such a thing to actually exist).

I’m going to illustrate my point of view by describing…


Added by Erik Lindberg on July 30, 2016 at 5:11pm — No Comments

On Surplus Part II--What is Wealth?

Great Expectations


I want to start with a couple of images. 

In late autumn of 1620, the Europeans we now celebrate as the Pilgrims stumbled on to shore near what is now Provincetown Massachusetts after over two months at sea.  Were it not for the additional stumbling that led to fresh burial mounds festooned with maize, the settlers would likely have starved to death right there and then.  But a little grave-robbing is always justified under extreme conditions.…


Added by Erik Lindberg on July 9, 2016 at 1:59pm — No Comments

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