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One Less Idiot

Yea, I’m going against my oath not to blog political stuff until my Eurotrek reflections and photos are done. So shoot me.

Anyway, who said this?

"At this point, I rationally chose to abandon the Leftist philosophy of
my youth, because it no longer adequately explained how the world
really worked. With my Leftist interpretation of the world now
shattered, I looked around for alternative explanations for making
sense of the world.

"I stumbled into reading Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, Ludwig
von Mises, Ayn Rand—I read all of them. I said to myself, "Wow, this
all makes sense. This is how the world really works. This is
incredible." Then I became Laissez Faire Books best customer for the
next five years. I think I read every book in their catalog. If any of
you in the audience have written books, I have probably read them."

Would you believe John Mackey, founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market? Read the whole thing.

One less idiot is always a good thing. Come to think of it, while in Europe, I became quite fond and accustomed to the "Euro-breakfasts" served in all the hotels. Pastries, bread, cold cuts, fruit, cereal, yogurts. Stuff like that. I settled in on a small bowl of the good quality granola (with dried fruit and nuts), milk, and a couple of hard-boiled eggs. Stayed with me, and no heartburn, of which I have been a chronic sufferer most of my life. That’s sumthin’, because I’m as hardcore of a bacon-&-eggs-over-easy guy as you’ll ever meet.

But maybe I’ll stop in at Whole Foods tonight, for some granola.

(tip: Neal)

Update: I must confess that I’d only read a portion of the entire (long) speech before I posted the above. Having now proceeded through about a third of it, I’m going to have a lot more to say. There’s a lot to this that resonates in me in ways I’m still trying to work out. Chalk it up to owning and running a business myself, which many libertarians have not had the opportunity of. Definitely more to come. Perhaps a lot more.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More

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