Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
what a jewel of a diary!

intriguingly written, with a lovely balance of historical and personal.

i have so much respect for the (largely forgotten) skills our forefathers accrued to build pre-industrial societies.

the industrial paradigm has driven a wedge between our inheritance through apprenticeship, and our 'knew knowledge' of how to find parking spaces, unwrap stubborn plastic confectionary (which cost the planet more than what's inside), navigate insecure internet connections, regurgitate factoids for academic badges, collate trivia, etc.

i don't think there will be a new 'ism' to supplant capitalism, nor need there be, if capitalism were applied accountably, with the common weal as over-riding arch-concern.

trade is as old as god, and will always be with us.

the chief moral portals into which sidle corruption are two, imo.

firstly the concept of hoarding has to be well thought through, pros and cons.

secondly the one of defence...

theoretically both need not be so automatically corruptible, but history has shown us irrefutably the folly of remaining naive in these matters.

wherever secrecy is around as quid pro quo, there will be fertile ground for the rankest of weeds.

so international diplomacy and attacking the terrible poverty that creates so many displaced and desperate brothers and sisters have to be prioritised, or we are avoiding the root, and lopping at branches.

do we need an 'ism' to see and act on that?

i think it's fine for someone to invent a solar pump and sell it to the poor for a decent markup.

that's not corrupt.

what just happened with blair and the saudis was!

yet both are capitalism.

anyways, there's an infinite amount to write about this stuff, i'll stop while i'm ahead...

thanks for some sterling work, you have given me some good perspective, and a new curiosity about this most unusual man.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Mar 16th, 2007 at 08:55:55 AM EST

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