Porque todo el que pide recibe, el que busca halla, y al que llama se le abrirá.
Link: Goodbye ACLU, Hello FIRE
The sad part for us is that, unlike in the USA, where, about the law
“When it comes to the law, the law is about as good as it’s ever been. But when it comes to the culture, our argument is that it’s gotten a lot worse and that we don’t have to accept it.”Greg Lukianoff, FIRE’s president
in Spain the law is about as bad as it’s ever been.
You’re always contrasting what you want to happen with what you think is happening, and whenever there’s a deviation —whenever what you want to happen isn’t going on— you feel anxiety.Jordan B. Peterson
Or let’s try it, at least. But the point here is, I’m afraid, the part about what you think is happening…
Linking from Marginal Revolution:
First, it’s often the case that buildings of little historical worth are preserved by rules and regulations that are used as a pretext to slow competitors, maintain monopoly rents, and keep neighborhoods in a kind of aesthetic stasis that benefits a small number of people at the expense of many others.
Second, a confident nation builds so that future people may look back and marvel at their ancestor’s ingenuity and aesthetic vision. A nation in decline looks to the past in a vain attempt to “preserve” what was once great. Preservation is what you do to dead butterflies.
Ironically, if today’s rules for historical preservation had been in place in the past the buildings that some now want to preserve would never have been built at all. The opportunity cost of preservation is future greatness.
Alex Tabarrok, Against Historic Preservation
Third, repealing historic preservation laws does not mean ending historic preservation. There is a very simple way that truly great buildings can be preserved–they can be bought or their preservation rights paid for.
A bad little kid moved into my neighborhood He won't do nothing right, just sitting down and looks so good He don't want to go to school and learn to read and write Just sits around the house and plays the rock and roll music all night Well, he put some tacks on teacher's chair Puts chewing gum in little girl's hair Now, junior, behave yourself
He was a plain and straightforward guy, one you could always rely on. I always was at ease with him. He wasn’t there for nonsense. He would tell you the truth. Last time I saw him it was more than thirty years ago, but somehow he has never slipped from my mind, and I’ve always wished we met by chance, on some occasion, at the countryside, in a slightly rough situation, just to feel his manly calm and hear him laughing his hoarse laugh.
Seven Varieties of Stupidity, by Ian Leslie
They are: pure stupidity, ignorant stupidity, fish-out-of-water stupidity, rule-based stupidity…
Very often, stupidity isn’t derived from an absence of mental materials but from a superfluity of them. It is the product of all the stuff we carry around in our minds and absorb from others: powerful algorithms, bad theories, fake facts, seductive stories, leaky metaphors, misplaced intuitions.
… overthinking stupidity…
You can trace a fundamental divide in Western thought between those who believe that knowledge and rationality invariably make us smarter and those who warn they can also make us dumber. On one side, Aristotle, Descartes, Kant, Voltaire, Paine, Russell; on the other, Socrates, Montaigne, Burke, Nietzsche, Freud, Wittgenstein. The latter group includes thinkers who are, in their different ways, interested in the ways that human intelligence generates a unique kind of stupidity.
… emergent stupidity
In my book CONFLICTED I show how avoiding open disagreement reduces the collective intelligence of any group. The more that members of a group follow a rule like ‘agree with the consensus’ or ‘agree with the leader’ the less gets contributed to the general pool of ideas and arguments. The shallower the pool, the more likely it is that something stupid will crawl out from it.
… and ego-driven stupidity
The truth is that stupidity is often an act of will: people make themselves stupid, when it suits them.
Go read the whole thing.
Live versions not so good as the studio one, I’m afraid.
You ain’t nothing but another man’s woman… Not very elegant to say, absolutely not advisable writing it today, but nevertheless one of the most powerful sentences in lyrics you’ll ever hear, …living on another man’s land… Is there anything more basic or primitive, and so, honest, pathetic and also convenient, for a male to feel when he’s dumped by a female?
Anyway, the song’s terrific.
No sé muy bien qué es ser feliz, ni me preocupa demasiado, pero cuando estuve cerca tú estabas a mi lado