The monopolist: Elon Musk’s delicate balancing act

First published on 31 October 2022. It is often said that Elon Musk is reckless. Is he? Middle-class people sometimes claim it’s strange to ‘Tweet’ if you are that famous. Isn’t all the online advice to avoid controversy — to stick to the party line? Even get-rich-quick schemes maintain controversy is the fastest way to … Continue reading The monopolist: Elon Musk’s delicate balancing act

The music industry to come: What’s next for the greatest show on Earth

Written on 23-24 November 2022. Music is evolving. That much is clear. Netflix’s ‘The Playlist’ depicts the last era of class and generational warfare in the market of music. On the one hand were the young and the poor, fighting for their rights to consume and produce music without losing out to the winners, the … Continue reading The music industry to come: What’s next for the greatest show on Earth

A modern Achilles: The savings glut and the paradox of capitalist development

I would like to consider a paradox. On the one hand, prices are driven by demand for the product, and thus for the expenditure of savings from the income of labour. On the other hand, prices are shaped by the accumulation of savings which are diverted from ordinary spending to extraordinary spending on financial commodities. … Continue reading A modern Achilles: The savings glut and the paradox of capitalist development

The tyrant and the totality: Which would win? And how can both lose, and freedom reign?

I would like to consider a paradox. If a tyrant goes to war against a totalitarian regime, in order to destroy it and create a new balanced order, which would win: the temporary tyranny, or the semi-permanent totality? Which would endure — cleansing fire, or watery deluge? The fire is the tyrant’s weapon of choice; … Continue reading The tyrant and the totality: Which would win? And how can both lose, and freedom reign?

Machiavelli Against The Bullies

Machiavellian has become a byword for scheming, calculating, sinister, and manipulative. But that is exactly what Machiavelli is not. Let me explain. Machiavelli, the anti-bully? Bullies are not Machiavellian. Bullies are weak-minded, appetitive, brutish individuals who think they can impose their will by force on particular people — not to achieve any particular end, but … Continue reading Machiavelli Against The Bullies

The Playlist Episode 1 Review: The Spotify Music Network Is Not All It Seems. Is it?

Netflix has been busy. As the Crown is on the cusp of release to investigate the career of Diana Spencer, deceased ex-wife of Charles III, the new Carolingian age is anticipated by another TV series which echoes the brilliance of the 2010s series The Social Network, starring Jesse Eisenberg as the young Mark Zuckerberg, who … Continue reading The Playlist Episode 1 Review: The Spotify Music Network Is Not All It Seems. Is it?

On contradiction

To embrace contradiction is intelligence. To resolve contradiction is courage. ‘Two philosophers meet at Jena.’ Hegel meets Napoleon in Jena — an imagined piece from Harper’s Magazine, 1895. To deny contradiction is stupidity. To ignore contradiction is cowardice. The fool says in their heart, ‘There is no contradiction.’ The wise teacher says, ‘There is no … Continue reading On contradiction

The end of eternity: Times probably aren’t that bad, though they aren’t that good either

Every age can’t be worse than the previous one — or at least, it can’t be worse than all the other ages before then. Well, it can — it’s just very unlikely. Neither is it likely to be much better, much worse, or much the same. By the Copernican Principle, according to which human beings … Continue reading The end of eternity: Times probably aren’t that bad, though they aren’t that good either